Former Ole Miss standout among Hall inductees

Former Ole Miss star Mike Dennis will enter the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 class that was announced today.

Dennis earned All-SEC honors as the fullback for John Vaught’s 1963 team, the last at Ole Miss to win an SEC championship.

Here’s an excerpt from John Davis’ interview with Dennis for the Oxford Citizen:

The Jackson native was so talented, so highly coveted coming out of Murrah High that Alabama coach Bear Bryant let him, and Jackie Sherrill, drive his Cadillac around town during a visit. Dennis, who made Oxford his home a little over a year ago, said that particular maneuver impressed him greatly.

“At one point, I thought I was going to Alabama. Bear sent his son, Paul Jr., over to all my home games my senior year,” Dennis recalled. “But I had always been an Ole Miss fan. I grew up a fan of Jimmy Lear, who quarterbacked the team to the big win over Maryland in 1952. And then quarterback Eagle Day, who became one of my very good friends back in Jackson. When I was little, I would go into the backyard and throw the football to myself and I would pretend I was Eagle Day and go down and catch it. I had Ole Miss running through my blood.”

Lots more at OxfordCitizen.com.

 

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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