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Three former Rebels sign on with pro teams

Former Ole Miss players Jeremiah Masoli and Jonathan Cornell signed rookie free agent deals with NFL squads on Wednesday.

Masoli inked with the San Francisco 49ers as a running back, while Cornell signed with the Tennessee Titans as a linebacker. According to the Twitter account of former Ole Miss cornerback Jeremy McGee, the New Orleans native has been signed to a free agent deal by the New York Jets this morning.

In one season as the Rebels’ quarterback after graduating from Oregon, Masoli started 11 of 12 games and completed 167 of 296 passes for 2,039 yards and 14 touchdowns. The San Francisco native set the Ole Miss record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 544. After the season, he played in the Eastham Energy All-Star Game, racking up a game-high 229 yards through the air with a touchdown and 25 yards on the ground.

Cornell tallied 219 tackles in four full seasons, including three as the starting middle linebacker for the Rebels. As a senior in 2010, the Azusa, Calif., native led the team and ranked 11th in the Southeastern Conference with 7.3 tackles per game. He also ranked sixth in the SEC with 14.0 tackles for loss and 18th with 4.5 sacks.

McGee, who started his career at UCLA, finished the 2010 season with 33 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception.

The duo joins 2011 NFL draft pick Jerrell Powe (Kansas City Chiefs) in the league.

The three players that agreed to deals mean 26 former Ole Miss players have agreed to pro deals over the last three seasons. (July 28, 2011, Page 8A)

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