Pena’s Opportunity

Gilbert Pena is on the “Stars” roster for the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic.

Pena, a nose tackle for Ole Miss, was really playing well at the end of the season. This is a good opportunity for a good guy who didn’t take the traditional road to college football but stayed with it — dealing with a huge culture change going from New York City to Oxford — and was a solid player in 2012 after an average debut as a first-year junior college transfer in 2011.

We visited with Pena during bowl practice and talked more with Hugh Freeze about him. Pena is appreciative to have an opportunity to play in front of NFL scouts, and Freeze is optimistic than Pena will get a chance at the next level.

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Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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    Pena is the one player I wished we had for one more year. I do not watch much NFL, but I hope to be seeing him come Sunday’s next year.

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