Ole Miss offensive lineman Nick Broeker announces his return to the Rebels
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss football received some great news Monday, as offensive lineman Nick Broeker officially announced his intention to return to Ole Miss for a final season. There had been speculation Broeker might declare early for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Fortunately for the Ole Miss offense, he is coming back.
“Ever since I stepped foot on campus in Oxford, Mississippi I knew this place was special. I wouldn’t trade these past three years, my teammates, or coaches for the world. I can’t wait to run it back in the Vaught, in the Grove, and with Rebel Nation one last time. #HYDR #HottyToddy“
Ole Miss left tackle Nick Broeker
— Nick Broeker (@NickBro3ker) January 17, 2022
This is huge for the Rebels who will be rebuilding in some key areas on the offense. With Broeker returning, it means Ole Miss will have an integral component back on a unit that loses right guard Ben Brown who was injured and missed the last half of the season. Brown is expected to enter this year’s NFL Draft.
During the week leading up to the Sugar Bowl, Broeker — who started all 13 games for the Rebels in 2021 — was asked in what would be involved in making the decision to declare for the draft or return to Ole Miss.
“Definitely just meet with Coach (Lane) Kiffin, Coach (Jake) Thornton and talk to my parents about it and pray about it. At the end of the day, I’ll just do whatever is best,” Broeker said then.
Possible Position Change on the Line
Ole Miss received a transfer portal commitment Monday from offensive tackle Mason Brooks from Western Kentucky. Some experts speculate, especially with Brooks’ arrival, that Broeker may move over to a guard spot, which will likely be where he plays at the next level.
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.