Ole Miss All-Decade Team: Explosive playmakers highlight offense
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South has selected an all-decade offensive and defensive team for all 14 SEC programs. Next: Ole Miss’ defense.
Ole Miss didn’t always win a lot during the past decade, but it rarely had trouble putting points on the board.
They hung 43 on Alabama in back-to-back years. They scored 41 to win the Egg Bowl in 2012. Four times this decade, they scored at least 35 against LSU. They led the SEC in scoring in 2015, when they averaged 40.8 points per game.
That offensive production helped the Rebels rise to a No. 3 Playoff ranking in 2014.
Five WRs during the past decade were drafted. In sum, 15 Rebels offensive players were selected in the NFL Draft.
Who were the best of the best? Here’s a look at Ole Miss’ All-Decade Offensive team.
QB: Chad Kelly (2015-2016)
The 2-time All-SEC selection quarterbacked the Rebels to their first Sugar Bowl since 1970. The Rebels beat Oklahoma State behind a big night from Kelly, who threw for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Kelly finished his career with the best passing completion percentage (64%). His biggest game came in 2016 against Auburn, when Kelly threw for 465 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Kelly is the only quarterback in Ole Miss history to top 4,000 yards in a season, finishing with 4,042 in 2015. His 31 TD passes that season matched Eli Manning’s single-season school record.
RB: Jordan Wilkins (2014-2017)
An All-SEC selection, Wilkins will always be remembered for his run in the 2017 Egg Bowl when he ran over a Bulldogs defender in the 31-28 win. Wilkins finish his career with 1,751 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. His most impressive stat could be his career average per rush, 6.3 yards. Wilkins ran for 1,011 yards in 2017, the only time a Rebels running back topped 1,000 yards this decade.
RB: Jaylen Walton (2012-2015)
Rebels fans won’t forget Walton. His 82-yard touchdown led Ole Miss to a 31-17 win over Mississippi State in 2013. That season, Walton averaged 4.6 yards a carry and also averaged 11.1 yards a catch out of the backfield.
He finished with 22 career touchdowns and is 2nd all-time with 4,742 all-purpose yards.
WR: AJ Brown (2016-2018)
If there’s a receiving record, Brown likely holds it.
He is the Rebels’ career leader in receiving yards with 2,984. He has the top 2 single-game totals (including 233 yards against South Alabama) and 4 of the top 9.
He set the Rebels’ single-season record for reception yards in 2017, then broke it in 2018 with 1,320.
WR: Laquon Treadwell (2013-2015)
Similar to Brown, Treadwell either shares or leads the record books in a litany of categories. Treadwell leads Ole Miss with 202 career receptions for 2,393 yards and the only receiver to catch over 200 passes in his career.
His biggest season came in 2015 when Treadwell finished with 1,153 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, which he is tied with Brown for the most in school history.
WR: Donte Moncrief (2011-2013)
A prized recruit out of Raleigh, Miss., Moncrief ended his sophomore season with a record night against Mississippi State in the 2012 Egg Bowl: 7 catches for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns, beginning the chant “Feed Moncrief.”
He topped 100 yards receiving 9 times in his career, finishing with 20 touchdowns.
OL: Laremy Tunsil (2013-2015)
Arguably the most decorated offensive lineman in Ole Miss history, Tunsil was a 3-time All-SEC selection and named to the Walter Camp All-American 2nd team. Sidelined by an NCAA issue, Tunsil was dominant in the 6 games he played in his final season. The Rebels went 5-1 and averaged 201.7 rushing yards and 514.0 total yards and were 5-1 with Tunsil on the field.
Many remember Tunsil catching a touchdown pass in the Sugar Bowl that season, capping an incredible career.
The 13th overall pick in 2016, Tunsil is the Rebels’ earliest-drafted offensive player.
OL: Greg Little (2016-2018)
A 2-time All-SEC selection and 2nd-team All-American, Little was a bookend tackle for his entire career. A force from Day 1 who developed into a 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
OL: Bobby Massie (2010-2011)
Massie, a highly decorated recruit out of Lynchburg, VA, started every game during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was one of the central figures that opened holes for Brandon Bolden during the lean years under head coach Houston Nutt. Massie was a 4th-round pick in 2012.
OL: Javon Patterson (2015-2018)
Patterson was a key figure in the running success Wilkins and Walton enjoyed. Versatile along the line, Patterson started 42 games. He was a 7th-round pick in 2019.
Patterson was a big recruiting win for head coach Hugh Freeze when he landed Patterson from Petal High School in Mississippi.
TE: Evan Engram (2013-2016)
A rare 4-time All-SEC selection, Engram finished his career named a consensus 1st-team All-American. He set school records for a tight end with 162 catches, 2,320 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches.
He was a 1st-round pick in 2017.
K: Gary Wunderlich (2014-16)
Wunderlich is the Rebels’ career leader in points, registering 350. He’s also the career leader in extra points (158) and field goals (64).
He’s also the most accurate kicker in program history, only missing 3 extra points and connecting on 64-of-77 field goals, a .831 success rate.