Athlon puts Ole Miss No. 3 in the West

It’s preseason magazine time, and Athlon has high opinions of Ole Miss this season – depending on how you look at it.

Athlon projects the Rebels No. 10 nationally, but No. 3 in the SEC West behind Alabama, which it projects No. 1 nationally and LSU, which is projects No. 9.

Chad Kelly is your first-team All-SEC quarterback, Athlon says. I don’t know what the voting was on that, but it shouldn’t have been close.

Ole Miss also gained preseason All-SEC mention with Damore’ea Stringfellow, Marquis Haynes and Tony Conner on the second team, Javon Patterson and Gary Wunderlich – as a punter — on the third team.

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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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  • JB

    Regardless as to what the predictions and polls list I will stick with the Florida Gators – I believe they will be the outsider and surprisae team this season – GO GATORS!!

  • Killer_Beeze

    I think the West is going to be a dog fight to the end. Bama and LSU both have big ? marks at the qb position. My feelings is IF Ole Miss can get a win against the Seminoles, they might go undefeated. I say that because with Chad Kelly and the incredible receiver corps are going to light up the scoreboard and other teams will have to outscore the Rebels,
    Ole Miss wins the West. Tennessee wins the East.

  • JB

    P.A – from your stomping grounds:

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mark Whitehead, a 31-year veteran of college basketball officiating and five-time NCAA Final Four official, has been named Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials for the Southeastern Conference, replacing Jake Bell who is stepping down from that position, it was announced Wednesday.

    “As we look to continue the focus on improving men’s basketball in the SEC, Mark Whitehead will bring a wealth of ability and enthusiasm as the Conference’s new Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Mark has successfully officiated at the highest levels of college basketball, he has relationships through his officiating in many of the strongest basketball conferences and I am confident his experience will be of great benefit to the SEC’s men’s basketball officiating program.”

    Whitehead, a native of Denham Springs, La., has worked regularly as an official in the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, American, Mountain West, Conference USA and Missouri Valley conferences and was selected to work the NCAA men’s basketball tournament 22 consecutive years, including 18 times in the NCAA regional round. He was selected by the NCAA to officiate the Final Four on five occasions, most recently in April at Houston. He also worked Final Four assignments in 1999 at Tampa, 2011 at Houston, 2012 at New Orleans and 2013 at Atlanta.

    A 1982 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana, Whitehead earned his Master’s degree from SLU in 1984. Whitehead, 56, and his wife, the former Terri Skains, have one son, Matthew

  • JB

    09/05/16vs. Florida State Orlando, Fla.7:00 p.m. CTI know nothing about Florida State Noles football, but my Grand son is a FSU man and he states A veteran and seasoned team returning – god luck Rebels

    • Killer_Beeze

      Florida at Florida State: November 26th.
      Good luck Gators,

  • Killer_Beeze
  • JB

    Gators did not have time at Omaha to unpack their baggage:The UF baseball team’s stay in Omaha is over after
    losing to Coastal Carolina and Texas Tech, ending the Gators’ bid for
    their first national title.

  • JB

    Ole Miss OL ranked #9 iin SEC: . Ole Miss: The top line from last season is in for a free fall
    down the rankings. It’s not just losing Tunsil, the Rebels only return
    36 career starts, third worst in the conference. It’s quite likely true
    freshman Greg Little will be a starter, and while he’s a five star recruit… he’s still a true freshman.

    • Killer_Beeze

      Why so negative?

      ESPN ranks the 128 college football programs according to their FPI (Football Power Index)
      Ole Miss #7
      Florida #18

      AP preason Top25
      Ole Miss #10
      Florida #25

      The professionals dont share your opinion JB. :))

      Hope you and your family are having a great summer. Wonder when PA is going to be back???

      • JB

        I domt meam to be negative about your ole miss rebels, but just this week in the oxford eagle Hugh Freeze was very concerned about his OL and Linebackers, so yes i should leave it to the proffessional there are about the same speed as the Republican Party – Do nonhing. Florida gators will represent the selves very wrll this season, and so will HRC in he run for Prez this Autumn,

        • Killer_Beeze

          Whatever JB.
          Good luck with crooked lying Hillary.

          • JB

            She will not get my vote, but the Gators will. -:)

  • JB

    And now the Latest put out by the “professionals”:

    Ole Miss’ football program has taken a lot of hits lately, and its football coach may be the next one to feel the pain.

    There is a possibility that a suspension could be handed down to head coach Hugh Freeze, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.

    “I’ve heard that an NCAA suspension is definitely in
    play for Hugh Freeze,” Dodd said on the “Bo Mattingly Show.” “He’d be
    the first football coach suspended under new penalties.”

    The program has
    been hit with 13 NCAA violations, and former Ole Miss tackle Laremy
    Tunsil admitted to taking money from coaches during the NFL Draft.
    Speculation is that Freeze could be the first penalized under a 2013
    rule that allows coaches to be held responsible for NCAA violations.

    “There will come a day where we get to stand before
    the committee of infractions, which are the ones that matter, and we
    will be held accountable for any wrongdoing that is found, and that’s
    the way it should be,” Freeze said during SEC media availability last

    In the Notice of Allegations served to Ole Miss by
    the NCAA in May, Freeze is not specifically accused of any wrongdoing,
    which he often cites as a key point. The NCAA has yet to release its
    findings, if anything, from an investigation into the Tunsil incident.

    • Killer_Beeze

      I saw that “story” from Ole Miss hater Dennis Dodd. I dont believe a word that fool writes. As far as Freeze being concerned about the Oline and LBs…he is concerned, but it’ll be okay JB. Theres breakout talent in both areas.
      Expend your energy worrying about how the questionable Gators perform. Preseason polls project them in the high teens or 20s rankings.
      Hotty Toddy and a Big Fins Up.

  • JB

    Sorry PA for taking up your important space on this blog, but one other thing and I will get off: Going back in time when I was a young lad in Tula, Miss, for those wounder where isTula, well Tula is a small community, 20 miles South of oxford – i was an avid Ole Miss football fan, and i do not remember Johnny Vaught getting into hot water with the NCAA – well maybe once concerning Lance Alworth, but it was minor and none other – then comes other coaches with the watchful eye of NCAA. Ole Miss always had at least one or two All-Americans in those of the best teams could have been in 1969-70.I never got to watch Archie Manning play other than on television He was one of the best. Ole Miss has one of the best QB in the country this year in Chad Kelley, he could carry the rebel load this season and that leads to a championship

  • bob

    Considering the length of time that has passed since this blog was updated, I assume that Parrish has moved on. Well, I enjoyed it while it lasted.

  • ripleyreb

    Thanks for leaving us hanging here on your blog. After years and years of hanging out on this blog, don’t you think we deserve at least a good-bye? Oh Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. Enjoyed it PA.

    • JB

      I have been on Parish blog for many years and I appreciate the Ole Miss news that he has brought us, GOOD JOB WELL DONE the best to you and family where ever you are. JB

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