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Friday, April 18, 2014

Ole Miss players report; Brassell no longer on team

BLOG: Ole Miss players reported today for the start of fall camp. Highly touted athlete Nick Brassell was not among them.

According to an Ole Miss release, the former South Panola standout is no longer on the team.

“We are very disappointed that Nick is no longer a part of our program,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. “While he showed much improvement, it was not enough to regain eligibility status. We wish him the best.”

Brassell’s inability to qualify doesn’t come as a surprise as Freeze repeatedly said during the spring and summer that the former standout was a long-shot to officially join the fall roster.

After starring at Ole Miss as a freshman in 2011, Brassell transferred to East Mississippi Community College due of academic issues. After a year at EMCC, Brassell re-signed with the Rebels as part of their 2013 signing class. Brassell was enrolled at Ole Miss during the spring but abstained from the majority of spring drills so that he could focus on school.

Brassell played in all 12 games his freshman year, starting seven (six at receiver and one at cornerback). The former prep All-American caught 24 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded 14 tackles and five pass breakups at cornerback

It’s not currently known what Brassell will do next.

Tight end A.J. Jackson and linebacker Marcus Robinson also did not qualify.

SHOWING UP: Players and coaches will meet with the media Friday for the annual Ole Miss Media Day before officially opening practice Saturday and Sunday. 

“Our coaches and players are excited to get to work,” Freeze said. “Paul Jackson and our strength staff did a phenomenal job this summer preparing us for the grind ahead, and we’re looking forward to focusing on football and growing as a team over the next month.”

According to the school’s release the freshmen checked into their dorms and the team began orientation meetings, touching on academics, compliance “and other areas.” Position meetings conclude the day’s activities.

Many of the new Rebels are not new to campus.

Trey Bledsoe, Daronte Bouldin, Ryan Buchanan, Evan Engram, Austin Golson, Bobby Hill, Davion Johnson, Devante Kincade, Herbert Moore, Kailo Moore, Robert Nkemdiche, Ray Ray Smith, Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil and Jordan Wilkins enrolled in first summer term, while Quincy Adeboyejo, Tony Conner, Derrick Jones and David Kamara were on campus for the second session.

Included with the newcomers are transfer Fadol Brown and non-scholarship players Luke Davis, Cale Luke and John Patrick Sherling.

Brown’s road to Oxford has been well documented recently as the former FIU Panther chose the Rebels over a laundry list of suiters last month. Due to transfer rules, Brown will have to sit out this season.

Davis, a linebacker from Trussville, Ala., was rated the No. 98 linebacker in the country according to Rivals.com, while Sherling is a linebacker who represented Fairhope, Ala., in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Luke is a quarterback from Clinton. He’s the son of assistant A.D. for player development Tom Luke and the nephew of Rebel co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke.

Due to a lack of depth at the position, former South Panola running back Nick Parker has moved to tight end, as has walk-on running back Charles Scott.

While this weekend’s practices are closed to the public, fans may attend fall camp beginning with Monday’s.

Below is a comp Ole Miss’ roster:

8             Quincy Adeboyejo, WR
16           Anthony Alford, DB
73           Darone Bailey, OL
68           Justin Bell, OL
95           Bryon Bennett, DT
48           Justin Bigham, TE
81           Trey Bledsoe, WR
76           Daronte Bouldin, OL
8              Chief Brown , DB
90           Fadol Brown , DT
87           Matt Brown, TE
11           Barry Brunetti, QB
14           Serderius Bryant, LB
9              Ryan Buchanan, QB
2              Quintavius Burdette, DB
71           Pierce Burton, OL
97           Tyler Campbell, P
6              Cliff Coleman, DB
1              Dehendret Collins, DB
94           Chris Conley, P
12           Tony Conner, DB
75           Robert Conyers, OL
88           Cody Core, WR
20           Carlos Davis, DB
37           Luke Davis, LB
59           Will Denny, LS
7              Mark Dodson, RB
54           Austin Douglas, OL
74           Jared Duke, OL
17           Evan Engram, TE
7              Trae Elston, DB
52           Will Few, LS
26           Andrew Fletcher, K
73           Austin Golson, OL
21           Senquez Golson, DB
22           Tyriek Gracia, DB
8              Terrell Grant, WR
94           Issac Gross, DT
56           Woodrow Hamilton, DT
15           Bobby Hill, DB
28           Mike Hilton, DB
7              Jordan Holder,  WR
45           Lavon Hooks, DT
65           Chase Hughes, OL
50           Ethan Hutson, OL
10           C.J. Johnson, DE
52           Davion Johnson, OL
19           Derrick Jones, DB
77           Patrick Junen, OL
29           David Kamara, DB
2              Devante Kincade, QB
28           LaKedrick King, DB
24           Keith Lewis, LB
85           Ja-Mes Logan, WR
11           Cale Luke, QB
38           Mike Marry, LB
92           Carlton Martin, DT
26           Will Martin, LB
5              I’Tavius Mathers, RB
13           Brishen Mathews, DB
70           Emmanuel McCray, OL
17           Quadarias Mireles, DB
12           Donte Moncrief, WR
16           Collins Moore, WR
99           Herbert Moore, DT
4              Kailo Moore, RB
72           Aaron Morris, OL
28           Korvic Neat, WR
4              Denzel Nkemdiche, LB
5              Robert Nkemdiche, DE
91           Nathan Noble, K
84           Jack Nuismer, TE
19           Andy Pappanastos, K
4              Nicholas Parker, TE
26           Jimmy Potepa, RB
25           Cody Prewitt, DB
88           John Ratliff, WR
13           Robert Ratliff, QB
20           Jeremy Reed, WR
27           Josh Richardson, DB
96           Andrew Ritter, K
10           Vince Sanders, WR
3              Charles Sawyer, DB
44           Charlie Scott, TE
3              Jeff Scott, RB
9              D.T. Shackelford, LB
35           John Patrick Sherling, LB
22           Ray Ray Smith, LB
23           Anthony Standifer, DB
64           Ben Still, OL
32           Temario Strong, LB
51           Walker Sturgeon, DE
56           Evan Swindall, C
54           Carlos Thompson, DE
1              Laquon Treadwell, WR
78           Laremy Tunsil, OL
14           Bo Wallace, QB
6              Jaylen Walton, RB
11           Channing Ward, DE
55           Cameron Whigham, DE
22           Jordan Wilkins, RB
61           Derrick Wilson, OL
40           Kameron Wood, DE
47           John Youngblood, DE
89           Taz Zettergren, TE (August 1, 2013)

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