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Ole Miss running back Jerrion Ealy declares for NFL Draft

Ole Miss running back Jerrion Ealy declares for NFL Draft

New Orleans, La. — Ole Miss lost to Baylor, 21-7, Saturday night in the Sugar Bowl in a game that saw quarterback Matt Corral leave in the first quarter with an injury. Following the game, the Rebels suffered another loss when junior running back Jerrion Ealy announced he had played his last game in an Ole Miss uniform.

Ealy later posted on Instagram that he would be declaring for the upcoming NFL Draft.

In the Sugar Bowl, Ealy tallied 65 yards on the ground on 12 carries for a 5.4 yard per carry average. That brings his season total to 768 yards rushing.

In 2021, the former five-star recruit and Mississippi native notched five touchdowns on the ground and added 32 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Throughout his time at Ole Miss, the dual-sport star, who also played for the Rebels’ baseball team, accounted for 26 touchdowns via rushing, receiving and special teams.

Following the game, Ealy talked about the historic season he and the Rebels enjoyed but also what might have been.

“It would’ve been great to win this one but if you look back at the season, we still had a great season,” he said.

One of the best seasons in school history. So I mean, it’s kind of mixed emotions about it. I’m happy, but I would have loved to get this one.” 

Jerrion Ealy

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

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--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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