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Ole Miss’ Wunderlich Crowned NCAA Statistical Champion

#19 Ole Miss Football vs Wofford in the home opener of the 2016 season in the new Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics Twitter: @OleMissPix
#19 Ole Miss Football vs Wofford in the home opener of the 2016 season in the new Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Twitter: @OleMissPix
With the conclusion of the NCAA Division I football season on Monday, the season statistics became final and Ole Miss junior kicker Gary Wunderlich finished atop the country in field goal percentage.

Wunderlich is the 21st individual statistical champion in Ole Miss history and the first since Tyler Campbell led the nation in punting average in 2010. Wunderlich is the first Rebel to lead the country in field goal percentage.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Wunderlich made 22 of 23 field goals for a school-record 95.7 percent success rate, besting Georgia Southern’s Younghoe Koo (19 of 20, 95.0 percent) and 106 other qualified kickers.

The Lou Groza Award semifinalist also ranked fifth nationally with 1.83 field goals per game and 26th overall with 8.9 points scored per outing. His only field goal miss of the year was a 55-yard attempt. His 39-yarder with 37 seconds left won the game for the Rebels on the road at No. 8 Texas A&M, and he was tabbed Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

In the final team statistical rankings, Ole Miss finished top 15 in the country in passing offense (314.9 ypg, 13th), fewest fumbles lost (5, 12th), fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (4.67, 13th) and fewest penalties (59, 15th).

Senior quarterback Chad Kelly finished seventh nationally in total offense (343.3 ypg), ninth in passing (306.4 ypg), 13th in completions per game (22.78) and 20th in yards per pass attempt (8.41). Senior Carlos Davis finished 18th in combined kickoff and punt return yards (803).

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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


Ole Miss Men’s Tennis has Solid Start to Rainbow Warrior Classic

unnamedAfter a few weeks off, the Ole Miss men’s tennis team kicked off the 2017 season Monday at the University of Hawaii Complex shutting out LSU in doubles before finishing the first day of the Rainbow Warrior Classic 9-4.

The tournament counts towards each player’s individual records, but not does count in the team results.

Undefeated in doubles…
All three of Ole Miss’ doubles teams are nationally ranked led by No. 13 Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton, who won the ITA Southern Region last fall. The duo dominated Jordan Daigle and Eric Samuelsson 6-1 in their first match and then won a tiebreaker against the Tiger tandem of Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio 7-6(6).

Junior All-American Gustav Hansson and freshman Tim Sandkaulen won both their matches 6-1 and 7-5, while junior Zvonimir Babic and sophomore Ricardo Jorge won 7-6(5) and 7-5.

Complete doubles results…
Round 1:
Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jordan Daigle/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) 6-1
Gustav Hansson/Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Justin Butsch/ Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-1
Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) 7-6(5)
Round 2:
Hansson/Sandkaulen (OM) def. Rafael Wagner/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) 7-5
Babic/Jorge (OM) def. Butsch/Moreno (LSU) 7-5
Hamilton/Fallert (OM) def. Csonka/Saborio (LSU) 7-6(6)

Sandkaulen, Fallert, Babic pick up singles wins…
In singles, the Rebels won three matches with Sandkaulen, Fallert and Babic all picking up victories. Going up against All-American Daigle, who has played No. 1 for the Tigers the past two years, Sandkaulen rallied after dropping the first set to win 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4. Fallert defeated Nikola Samardzic 6-4, 6-2 and Babic beat the newest Tiger, Eric Samuelsson, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Complete singles results…
1. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-4, 6-1
2. Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Jordan Daigle (LSU) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
3. Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 6-0
5. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-3, 6-2
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Eric Samuelsson (LSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
7. Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Robert Mounger (OM) 6-3, 6-3

Thoughts from head coach Toby Hansson…
“We did a very good job in doubles. We came out with good energy and were able to maintain that through two rounds. In singles we saw a lot of good things from several guys. Everyone is looking forward to getting better tomorrow.”

Up next…
The Rebels return to the courts Tuesday to face perennial national power Duke.

For more information on Ole Miss Men’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


Six Rebels Make Postseason All-Star Rosters

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly
Six of the 2016 Ole Miss senior football players have accepted invitations to postseason all-star teams in hopes of pursuing a professional playing career.

In addition to Reese’s Senior Bowl invitees Evan Engram (story) and Chad Kelly (story), the following Rebels will also perform in front of NFL scouts at all-star events: Quincy Adeboyejo (East-West Shrine Game), D.J. Jones (NFLPA Collegiate Bowl), Akeem Judd (College Gridiron Showcase) and Rommel Mageo (College Gridiron Showcase).

Adeboyejo, a wide receiver from Cedar Hill, Texas, had 35 catches for 456 yards and a touchdown as a senior. He finished his four-year career with 106 grabs for 1,454 yards and 11 scores, and will be forever remembered for his tip-drill catch and score in the 2015 road win over eventual national champion Alabama. Adeboyejo’s 11 TD catches are tied for 11th-most in program history.

Jones was a force in the middle of the Rebels’ defensive line, compiling 70 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, a fumble forced, fumble recovered and interception over his two-year Rebel tenure after transferring from East Mississippi Community College. The Greenville, South Carolina, native was one of the strongest Ole Miss players with a 400+ bench press and 700+ squat.

Judd assumed feature back duties in 2016 and rushed for 826 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. His two-year totals as a Rebel included 241 carries for 1,247 yards (5.2 average) and nine TDs, as well as 24 catches for 160 yards and another score. The Durham, North Carolina, native was one of three players to rush for a TD against Alabama’s defense this past season.

Mageo came to Ole Miss in 2016 as a graduate transfer from Oregon State. The Pago Pago, American Samoa, native totaled 44 tackles with 1.5 TFLs and a pass defended. He made four starts at Mike linebacker and led the Rebels in tackles on two occasions.

Here is a breakdown of each postseason event:

Quincy Adeboyejo

East-West Shrine Game – Jan. 15-21

Game: Jan. 21, 2 p.m. CT (NFL Network, Sirius XM Channel 88)

Evan Engram

Reese’s Senior Bowl – Jan. 23-28 (Practices on ESPN2 and NFL Network)

Game: Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m. CT (NFL Network)

D.J. Jones

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Game: Jan. 21, 3 p.m. CT (FS1)

Akeem Judd

College Gridiron Showcase – Jan. 7-11

No game

Chad Kelly

Reese’s Senior Bowl – Jan. 23-28 (Practices on ESPN2 and NFL Network)

Game: Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m. CT (NFL Network)

Rommel Mageo

College Gridiron Showcase – Jan. 7-11

No game

Follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB), Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit www.OleMissSports.com.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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