The Ole Miss Rebels reported for fall practice this week in preparations for the 2013 season. After coming off of a 7-6 season and reigning in a consensus Top 5 recruiting class in the nation, expectations are high in Oxford.
Rarely is it that one freshman would have an immediate impact on a college team’s season. Most incoming freshmen normally sit out their first season so they can get use to the college game and add weight if necessary.
There are four true freshmen that could have an immediate impact for the Rebels at some point this season. Wide receiver Qunicy Adeboyejo (pronounced Add eh boy Jo) from Cedar Hill, Texas, tight end Evan Engram from Powder Springs, Ga, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville, Ga, and quarterback Devante Kincade from Dallas, Texas.
#8 Qunicy Adeboyejo Wide Receiver:
Quincy was a 4-star recruit and was ranked the No. 42 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com. Adeboyejo had 91 catches for 1,265 yard and 17 touchdowns as a senior and was an All-State honorable mention by the Associated Press. Adeboyejo will not have to try to be the main receiver for the Rebels because junior Donte Moncrief will be the go to receiver this season. However, if Quincy is able to step in be production it can make the potent Rebel’s offense even more dangerous.
#17 Engram Tight End:
The tight end position is the weakest part of the Rebels’ offense. Engram has great hands and has good blocking technics. However at 6’3” and 217 pounds, he is a little light in the pants to try to compete with SEC defensive linemen and linebackers. Engram is currently practicing with the second unit. Engram was a 3-star recruit, named first team All-State by the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Associated Press. Engram had 40 catches for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
#2 Devante Kincade Quarterback:
With the health of starting quarterback Bo Wallace uncertain. Kincade may have to be on the fast track to leaning the system. Despite being a freshman he has one of the best arms on the team and he is pinpoint accurate with his passes. Kincade was a 4-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com. He is listed as a dual treat which means he has good passing and running ability. He completed 178-of-281 passes for 2,856 yards, 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for 861 yards and 12 TD’s in his senior year.
#5 Robert Nkemdiche Defensive End:
Robert is considered the cream of the Rebels incoming freshman class. He is the picked as the SEC Newcomer of the Year by Lindy’s was the consensus No. 1 overall recruit and top defensive end in the nation. He was the Under Armour, USA Today, MaxPreps and SuperPrep All-American selection as a senior. He was a 3-time All-State selection. He had 59 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He is currently running plays with the second defensive unit, but is getting additional individual coaching on a regular basis. The Rebel coaching staff is doing everything possible to have him ready to play at a high level early. Nkemdiche already has an SEC impressive body at 6’4” and weighs 297 pounds without an ounce of fat on his body.
The Rebels’ practice will be open to the public Monday, August 5 – Saturday, August 10. Ole Miss will travel to Nashville, TN to play the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday August 31 on ESPN at 8:15 pm CT.
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