Saturday, July 23, 2011

Media Days Wrap-up

SEC Media Days 2011 has come and gone, and the best was saved for last as the Rebels were in the final team pairing of the event. As expected, the trio of players we took to Hoover represented Ole Miss well, and several media members personally told us that our guys were some of the most enjoyable to interview. It helps when you bring seniors -- 6th-year senior Kentrell Lockett, fifth-year senior Bradley Sowell, fourth-year senior Brandon Bolden -- who have been through the media grind for a few years. While Bolden was a Media Days rookie, Lockett and Sowell joined Jeff Herrod (1986-87), Eli Manning (2002-03) and Patrick Willis (2005-06) as the only Rebels to attend multiple SEC Media Days.

Lockett's big personality has made him a celebrity at the event, and his impression of our head coach was singled out as a highlight of Media Days by the Opelika-Auburn News, which also listed Bolden as Best Dressed. The running back was also labeled Best Interview by the Gainesville Sun. Following the trip to Hoover, some good articles on Lockett have popped up on (Edward Aschoff), the Clarion-Ledger (Ross Dellenger) and the Commercial Appeal (Geoff Calkins), while Bolden, who was named the SEC's most underrated player by (Chris Low), was also featured in the CA (Veazey). Sowell and the offensive linemen were highlighted by the Daily Journal (Parrish Alford).

In case you didn't see it on the main site, Ole Miss had six players named to the Media Days preseason All-SEC teams, which ranked seventh-most in the league and doubled the number of picks for Kentucky, MSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. That same article also has press conference transcripts and links to great videos of our group. Here is the media weighing in on Coach Nutt's comments and the Rebels' chances in 2011: Clarion-Ledger (Rick Cleveland), Daily Journal (Alford), Commercial Appeal (Veazey) and Press-Register (Mike Herndon).

BTW, our creative czar Micah Ginn tagged along on the Bama excursion and got some great footage of the Rebel contingency in action. We will share that footage with you in the near future.

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