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Ohio State won the NFL Draft’s first round, and Ole Miss lost it

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After a win in the Great Satellite War of 2016 earlier Thursday, the Big Ten continued its winning streak into the night as Jim Delany‘s conference claimed the most selections in the NFL Draft’s first round.

Ohio State led the way with five selections, one short of 2004 Miami’s all-time record. Joey Bosa was first off the board to the Chargers at No.3, followed immediately by Ezekiel Elliott to the Cowboys at No. 4. The pair became the first teammates selected in the top five since Sam BradfordGerald McCoy and Trent Williams were selected in the top four in 2010. Cornerback Eli Apple joined Elliott in the NFC East in going to the Giants at No. 10, and Taylor Decker trailed six picks later to the Lions. Linebacker Darron Lee rounded out the night for the Buckeyes when he went to the Jets at No. 20.

Ole Miss trailed Ohio State with three first-round selections, but the night was anything but a win for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels, not after Laremy Tunsil was shown on Twitter smoking from a bong, then admitting in a press conference to taking money from coaches. Tunsil, once projected as the No. 1 overall pick, fell to the Dolphins at No. 13. Laquon Treadwell was chosen by the Vikings at No. 23, and Robert Nkemdiche headed west to the Cardinals at No. 29.

Most selections by team
5 – Ohio State
3 – Ole Miss
2 – Florida, Notre Dame

Other storylines of note:

– SEC shut out at the top: Thanks in large part to Tunsil’s slide, the SEC did not dent the big board until Georgia’s Leonard Floyd went to the host Bears at No. 9. It was the conference’s longest wait to join the Draft since 2006, when Vanderbilt’s Jay Cutler was the SEC’s ice breaker at No. 11 overall. Still, the SEC was the most frequent player on Thursday night.

Most selections by conference
1. SEC – 8
2. Big Ten – 6
3. ACC – 4
3. Pac-12 – 4
5. Big 12 – 3
6. American – 2
7. Conference USA – 1

– Chip Kelly‘s Pac-12 love affair continues: After loading up on Pac-12 players in Philadelphia, the new 49ers head coach double-dipped into his old stomping grounds by nabbing former Duck DeForest Buckner at No. 7, then trading back into the first round to nab Stanford guard Joshua Garnett in the Chiefs’ spot at No. 28.

– Quarterbacks at the top, again: Jared Goff became California’s first No. 1 selection since 1975, but the Big Game rivalry’s second in four years. Overall, quarterbacks have gone No. 1 overall 14 times since Peyton Manning entered the league in 1998.

The full list:

  1. Los Angeles Rams — Jared Goff, California
  2. Philadelphia Eagles — Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. San Diego Chargers — Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  4. Dallas Cowboys — Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  6. Baltimore Ravens — Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  7. San Francisco 49ers — DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  8. Tennessee Titans — Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  9. Chicago Bears — Leonard Floyd, Georgia
  10. New York Giants — Eli Apple, Ohio State
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
  12. New Orleans Saints — Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  13. Miami Dolphins — Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  14. Oakland Raiders — Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  15. Cleveland Browns — Corey Coleman, Baylor
  16. Detriot Lions — Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  17. Atlanta Falcons — Keanu Neal, Florida
  18. Indianapolis Colts — Ryan Kelly, Alabama
  19. Buffalo Bills — Shaq Lawson, Clemson
  20. New York Jets — Darron Lee, Ohio State
  21. Houston Texans — Will Fuller, Notre Dame
  22. Washington Redskins — Josh Doctson, TCU
  23. Minnesota Vikings — Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  24. Cincinnati Bengals — William Jackson III, Houston
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers — Artie Burns, Miami
  26. Denver Broncos — Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  27. Green Bay Packers — Kenny Clark, UCLA
  28. San Francisco 49ers — Joshua Garnett, Stanford
  29. Arizona Cardinals — Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
  30. Carolina Panthers — Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
  31. Seattle Seahawks — Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

Ole Miss announces Laremy Tunsil is leaving for the NFL

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Early declaration day continues in college football. It has been quite the busy day with announcements of players declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft, and Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is not going to be left out of the parade. Tunsil will forgo his final year of eligibility in Oxford and enter the 2016 NFL Draft as one of the top offensive linemen on the board. Ole Miss announced the decision on Monday afternoon.

“After weighing the decision with my family, I will forgo my senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Tunsil said in a released statement. “It’s been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL, and I’m excited about the challenge in front of me. I will always cherish my time at Ole Miss and the relationships with my teammates, coaches and staff. Those are my brothers, and I will always be a Rebel. I’m proud of what my class accomplished, and I know even bigger things are ahead for this program.”

Tunsil will join teammate and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell among the list of underclassmen entering the 2016 NFL Draft. Treadwell’s decision to enter the draft was announced earlier in the day. Like Treadwell, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had some compliments to pass along to Tunsil on his way out.

“Few players have brought more joy to my life than Laremy Tunsil, and I’m so proud to see him take this next step in his life,” Freeze said in a released statement. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave us three years ago, and I look forward to seeing him walk across the stage at this year’s NFL Draft. With his spirit, hard work and determination, he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Tunsil leaves Ole Miss as a two-time All-American and a three-time All-SEC player. Tunsil even scored a touchdown in his final game, against Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell entering NFL Draft

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Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is officially moving on to the NFL, where he may be one of the top wide receivers drafted by an NFL franchise this spring. Treadwell’s decision to turn pro this year, skipping out on his final year of eligibility with the Rebels in Oxford, was made official Monday afternoon with the school announcing the news.

“After sitting down with my family, we have decided it is time for me to take the next step in my career and enter the 2016 NFL draft,” Treadwell said in a released statement. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I can’t thank my teammates, coaches and our great fans enough for their unbelievable support since the first day I stepped foot on campus. No matter how far life may take us, I will always be an Ole Miss Rebel.”

Treadwell was one of many talented players recruited to Ole Miss by Hugh Freeze, and the head coach said it was an honor to have him be a part of the program.

“It was an honor to have coached Laquon, and our family will miss him greatly,” Freeze said. “The commitment that he and others in his class made to our program three years ago has changed the culture of Ole Miss. I’m so proud of what he accomplished here, and I look forward to seeing him continue to grow and shine as a player and a person.”

Treadwell will leave Ole Miss with his name etched all over the school’s record book. Among the school records owned by Treadwell are most catche sin a career, most receiving yards per game, most receiving yards in a season, most touchdown catches in a season, most 100-yard receiving games in a season and more. Treadwell also earned multiple All-SEC honors and was named the 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Ole Miss player to win that honor.

No. 12 Ole Miss completes New Years Six blowout trend with Sugar Bowl win

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It was a rough couple of days for the state of Oklahoma in the New Years Six. 2015 ended with a dud from the Oklahoma Sooners in the first College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson and 2016 started with another dud from No. 16 Oklahoma State (10-3). The Cowboys were ambushed by No. 12 Ole Miss (10-3) in the Sugar Bowl on the first of the new year, 48-20, and it hardly felt even that close. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly tossed four touchdowns to earn Sugar Bowl MVP honors and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught three of them as Ole Miss helped cap a big couple of days for the SEC in bowl action.

Kelly ended his night having thrown for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh split playing time in the defeat and totaled 302 passing yards between them with zero touchdowns, although Walsh did rush for two scores. Oklahoma State’s running game was taken out of the game early and ended the night with just 63 rushing yards. Keep in mind, Walsh rushed for 74 yards in the game.

Ole Miss actually started off a tad slowly in the game, but they managed to shake off any early rust the way they were unable to the last time they played a Big 12 team in the New Years Six (last year vs. TCU in the Peach Bowl; the Horned Frogs demolished Ole Miss). Hugh Freeze and his Rebels fell behind 3-0 off an early Oklahoma State field goal, but scored 34 points before halftime. They even had a little fun doing so by tossing a screen pass to offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil on the final play of the first half for a short touchdown nobody on Oklahoma State’s defense was prepared for in the closing seconds. Simply put, Freeze had more talent on his Ole Miss squad and he out-foxed Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.

Freeze improved to 3-1 in bowl games since his arrival in Oxford. This was also the first Sugar Bowl victory, and first of the four traditional major bowl games, for the Ole Miss program since the 1969 season. This is also the first time Ole Miss has won 10 game sin a single season since going 10-3 in 2003 with Eli Manning at quarterback.

With the win, the SEC improved to 6-2 this bowl season, and the wins have come in dominant fashion. Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Auburn have all put up over 30 points in their bowl victories, and each won their games by at least 20 points. The SEC’s only losses have come from Texas A&M and Florida (who lost in a blowout against Michigan). The SEC still has favorable matchups to come as well with Arkansas getting Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. Georgia is a favorite against Penn State as well in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Alabama will get a chance to end the season with another postseason win too when they face Clemson in the national championship game one week from Monday night. Last year Ole Miss played a role in a disappointing bowl showing from the sEC, but this year the tale has been reversed.

The Big 12 is now a lowly 1-3 so far, with three more games to be played. Odds are not with the Big 12 though with Kansas State getting Arkansas, as mentioned above, and TCU without Trevone Boykin drawing a red hot and explosive Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. West Virginia also plays Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl, in Phoenix. The Big 12 is now also 1-3 in New Years Six bowl game sin two years under the new College Football Playoff structure, which is not a particularly great look.

No. 12 Ole Miss making it look easy in the Big Easy vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State

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In the sixth and final game in the New Years Six line-up this season, the Sugar Bowl is seeming to follow the trend of lopsided contests. Ole Miss of the SEC has been abusing Oklahoma State all throughout the first half of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and leads the Big 12 member 34-6 at halftime.

With first and goal inside the five-yard line and just five seconds to play following an Oklahoma State penalty in the endzone, rather than kick a short field goal Hugh Freeze opted to run one last play. It paid off. Chad Kelly faked a handoff and tossed a screen back to a wide open Laremy Tunsil — yes, offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil — on the left side of the field for an exclamation point score before heading to the locker room.

Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has two touchdown catches and 57 yards on four catches, and he’s even completed a 45-yard pass to Jordan Wilkins. Ole Miss’ regular passer, Chad Kelly, has had a good evening so far as well with 219 passing yards and three touchdowns to move into fourth in SEC history for most passing yards in a season. In total, Ole Miss has racked up 337 yards of offense while the Rebels have allowed just 156 yards to Oklahoma State’s defense.

Oklahoma State converted just two of nine third-down attempts in the first half, but the Cowboys seemed to get its offense going on its last possession of the half, although the Cowboys had to settle for three points inside the red zone. Ole Miss did not have much time left but made every second count and ended the half with the screen pass to Tunsil.

This is already ugly, and there is still one more half to play.