Media picks Ole Miss to finish sixth in SEC West

Published 10:17 am Friday, July 20, 2018

The media don’t expect Ole Miss to make a move in the SEC this season.

The Rebels were picked to finish sixth in the Western Division by media members in attendance at SEC Media Days, which concluded Thursday. Alabama was predicted to win the division while Georgia was predicted to win the East.

The defending national champions were also pegged to win the SEC championship, receiving 193 votes. Georgia, the defending league champion, received 69 votes to repeat while Auburn was next with 14 votes. Only six times since 1992 has the media correctly predicted the league champion.

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Ole Miss finished sixth in the division last season after going 6-6 with a 3-5 mark in SEC play. The Rebels, who are entering the first season of the Matt Luke era, have combined for five conference wins the last two seasons.

The Rebels, who return 16 starters (10 offense, six defense), will start fall camp early next month before opening the season against Texas Tech in Houston on Sept. 1 (11 a.m., ESPN).

Trio of Rebels earn All-SEC honors

Ole Miss was represented on the media’s preseason All-SEC team by three players, including first-teamers A.J. Brown and Greg Little. Senior offensive lineman Javon Patterson was voted to the third team.

The first-team selections of Brown and Little weren’t surprising. Brown set a single-season school record with an SEC-leading 1,252 receiving yards last season while also tying the school record with 11 touchdown receptions. A former five-star recruit, Little has been entrenched as the Rebels’ left tackle since grabbing the starting job midway through his freshman season.

Both are widely projected to be top-10 picks in next year’s NFL Draft.

One of the veterans of an offensive line that returns all five starters, Patterson enters his final season with 30 career starts. Most of those have come at left guard while he’s also drawn starts at right guard and center.

See the complete predicted order of finish and preseason All-SEC teams are below.

SEC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (first-place votes in parentheses)

Western Division 

Alabama (263)

Auburn (19)

Mississippi State (2)


Texas A&M

Ole Miss


Eastern Division

Georgia (271)

South Carolina (8)

Florida (4)


Kentucky (1)

Tennessee (1)


SEC Champion

Alabama (193 votes)

Georgia (69)

Auburn (19)

South Carolina (4)

Florida (2)

Mississippi State (1)

Missouri (1)



First Team

QB Drew Lock, Missouri  

RB Damien Harris, Alabama          

RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky

WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss                  

WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri  

OL Jonah Williams, Alabama     

OL Greg Little, Ole Miss                     

OL Martez Ivey, Florida                         

OL Trey Smith, Tennessee          

C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama                               

Second Team

QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn                      

RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia

RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M          

WR Terry Godwin, Georgia                    

WR Ryan Davis, Auburn          

TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia    

OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia  

OL Lester Cotton, Alabama                    

OL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas                    

OL Garrett Brumfield, LSU                        

C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia                                   

Third Team

*QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

*QB Jake Fromm, Georgia                                                

RB Aeris Williams, Mississippi State            

RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida       

WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama                     

WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri               

TE C.J. Conrad, Kentucky                           

OL Matt Womack, Alabama           

OL Zack Bailey, South Carolina     

OL Javon Patterson, Ole Miss  

OL Marquel Harrell, Auburn       

C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M                          


First Team

DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama                                 

DL Cece Jefferson, Florida                         

DL Montez Sweat, Mississippi State                      

DL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State                     

LB Devin White, LSU                      

LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama     

LB Mack Wilson, Alabama                      

DB Deandre Baker, Georgia                             

DB Greedy Williams, LSU                 

DB J.R. Reed, Georgia                  

DB Deionte Thompson, Alabama              

Second Team

DL Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia                                          

DL Terry Beckner, Missouri               

DL Derrick Brown, Auburn               

DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama        

LB Josh Allen, Kentucky     

LB Deshaun Davis, Auburn      

LB D’Andre Walker, Georgia         

DB Mike Edwards, Kentucky                      

DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida                      

DB Jamel Dean, Auburn                         

DB CJ Henderson, Florida

 Third Team

DL Dontavius Russell, Auburn

DL  Rashard Lawrence, LSU        

DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn                      

*DL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M

*DL Landis Durham, Texas A&M   

LB Dylan Moses, Alabama                        

LB David Reese, Florida    

LB De’Jon Harris, Arkansas                          

DB Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State     

DB Marco Wilson, Florida                   

DB Javaris Davis, Auburn                    

DB Santos Ramirez, Arkansas                       


First Team

P Corey Fatony, Missouri                                    

PK Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia                                         

RS Deebo Samuel, South Carolina                                     

AP Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Second Team

P Joseph Charlton, South Carolina                                  

PK Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M                                          

RS Mecole Hardman, Georgia                  

AP Trevon Diggs, Alabama                 

Third Team

P Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU   

PK Tucker McCann, Missouri

RS Trevon Diggs, Alabama  

AP Kadarius Toney, Florida

*-indicates a tie