Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram announced before the Rebels broke for Christmas that he would return for his senior season.
Engram and defensive end Fadol Brown were among the five for whom the school requested draft grades from the NFL.
Only five players from a given school can request those grades. Engram and suspended defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche are the only two Ole Miss players to give a definitive word on their futures so far though it’s widely expected that wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil will also declare.
Brown’s future is less clear. He’ll miss the Sugar Bowl after surgery on a broken foot.
Engram said making the announcement to return has taken away a lot of pressure.
“Definitely. Just the whole process was kind of stressing, getting information and thinking about what I was doing late at night, pondering what should I do? Should I return or leave? Just knowing that I’ll be back and playing at this great school for my senior year has definitely taken a big burden off my back,” he said.
Engram (6-3, 227) made strides as a blocker this season and goes into the Sugar Bowl with 32 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
A three-time second-team All-SEC pick, Engram’s 1,298 career receiving yards are the most for an Ole Miss tight end, his 91 catches and seven touchdowns second.