The 2017 football season has come to a close for Rebel fans everywhere. A year filled with every emotion known to man, the Ole Miss football team gave the fans and any future players who come into the program, a season to remember. With a roster full of powerful players, it is no surprise the record books will have to be updated in the coming months.
Senior, Jordan Wilkins, finishes the season with 1,111 yards rushing, becoming the seventh Rebel to go over the 1,000-yard mark along with the fourth-best all-time on the Ole Miss single-season rushing charts. Freshman, D.K. Metcalf would add to the success by finishing his season with seven touchdown receptions.
Senior, Gary Wunderlich, would play his last game in a Rebel uniform on November 23 and has become Ole Miss’ career record-holder in multiple categories –
Career Points Scored: 350
Career Points Kicking: 350
Career Field Goals Made: 64
Career PATs Made: 158
Sophomore, A.J. Brown, would continue to break records throughout the season. Brown tied the single-season record with 11 receiving touchdowns. He also set the record for single-season receiving yards with 1,252 yards on the year. The record was previously set by Treadwell in 2015 at 1,153 yards in 13 games. He also became the second Rebel ever to record six, 100-yard games in a season.
With a turn of events happening on July 20, 2017, the football season was sure to be one we would never forget. Interim Head Coach, Matt Luke, would step into a role he has dreamed about since he was a kid. Fulfilling a family legacy, Coach Luke would lead the Rebels to a 6-6 overall record, finishing with a 31-28 win over Mississippi State University that brought the Golden Egg back to Oxford. As of Sunday evening, Matt Luke was officially named the permanent Head Coach of the Ole Miss football team. A press conference held on Monday would introduce him for the first time as Head Coach and his words were truly inspiring:
“I’m proud to be a Mississippian. I’m proud to be born and raised in this state. Ole Miss is a destination job. It’s not a dream job, it’s a destination job. I’m truly honored to be the head coach at the University of Mississippi.“
Looks like the Golden Egg is not the only thing staying in Oxford for another year.
With the Rebel fans’ spirits on the rise, the 2018 football season cannot come soon enough for some. With 11 incoming recruits and counting, Ole Miss promises to provide a new beginning and new energy for the future seasons.
Check out the 2017 Ole Miss football team’s reaction to the announcement of their new Head Coach: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=21582720