By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss offensive lineman Bobby Massie says he will enter the NFL draft.
A fourth-year junior from Lynchburg, Va., Massie made the announcement on his Facebook page early Friday evening.
“It’s official. I submitted my paperwork to the NFL. For the 2012 season I will be playing on Sundays. It was fun Ole Miss,” he wrote.
Massie (6-6, 315) ends his career having made 29 consecutive starts at right tackle. He was named preseason All-SEC third team by the league’s coaches this summer, a preseason first-team All-SEC pick by Lindy’s preseason guide.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in December that Massie and junior offensive lineman A.J. Hawkins were both considering a possible early entry into the NFL. There’s been no announcement of a decision by Hawkins.
Massie was rated No. 5 out of 141 offensive tackles by NFLDraftScout.com before the 2011 season, a season that was not very good for the Ole Miss offense. In a 2-10 and SEC winless campaign, the Rebels ranked No. 10 in rushing offense, No. 11 in scoring offense and No. 11 in total offense among the 12 SEC teams.
The Rebels used three different quarterbacks through the course of the season. One reason junior Zack Stoudt didn’t hold the job, former coach Houston Nutt said, was because of the team’s inability to protect him.
Massie played the 2008 season at Hargrave Military and was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 prep school prospect in the nation when he signed with Nutt as part of the 2009 class.