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NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14 for '14 series.

Most versatile players: Robert Nkemdiche (7)

Particulars: 6-4, 277, sophomore 

Buzz: Did anyone else in the country see time on both the defensive line and at running back last year? Show of hands? Nkemdiche can make the claim, although he just got five totes in the backfield, for 32 yards. Short-yardage rushing aside, it's at defensive tackle where Nkemdiche is expected to dominate for the Rebels as a sophomore this fall. He played some end last year, as well, but tackle appears to be his home after making eight tackles for loss among 34 stops last year. But we won't be surprised if he gets a few more third-and-1 carries this fall.

Fastest players: Kailo Moore (5)

Another two-sport star in college, Moore mostly contributed last season on special teams as a freshman. He's off to a good start in 2014 on the track and has times comparable with TCU's Kolby Listenbee and Georgia Tech's Broderick Snoddy in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Toughest players: Serderius Bryant (4)

Particulars: 5-9, 215, junior

Buzz: Rebels free safety Cody Prewitt receives more acclaim for his big hits -- he almost eviscerated Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews in last season's opener -- but Bryant deserves the honor. He's a 5-9 linebacker (and the 5-9 is his listed height, with emphasis on "listed") who starts in the SEC. Bryant's nickname is "Bird," which he picked up in high school in the Orlando area for the way he flew around the field making tackles and big hits. Yes, despite his size, a guy nicknamed "Bird" really lays the wood. You have to be tough to be a 5-9 linebacker in the SEC who makes big hits.

Most physical players: Cody Prewitt (5)

Particulars: 6-2, 212, senior 

Buzz: He led the SEC in interceptions last season with six, but don't let that fool you: Prewitt is a hitter first, and a coverage ace second. He's like an extra linebacker when it comes to run support, and patrols the middle of the field with a nasty streak on passing downs. Recall star Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews vomiting on national TV last year in the first game of the season after taking a brutal hit -- it was Prewitt on the giving end.

Players with best intangibles: Deterrian Shackelford (6)

Particulars: 6-1, 215, senior 

Buzz: There are few stories of perseverance in college football to match that of Shackelford, who missed two straight years of football while recovering from multiple surgeries on a devastating knee injury. He returned last year to make 44 tackles -- 7.5 for losses. While not the team's best defender, he's the Rebels' emotional leader and the only two-time winner of Ole Miss' Chucky Mullins Award for courage. Shackelford's injury plight got him a rare sixth year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, and he'll wear Mullins' No. 38 jersey this fall.

Smallest players: Jaylen Walton

Particulars: 5-8, 166, Junior

Buzz: Coach Hugh Freeze clearly likes his running backs small and quick, and that's exactly what Walton brings to the SEC in college football's most physical conference. He made seven starts in the Rebels' backfield last year, picking up 523 yards and six touchdowns. With 29 catches for 322 yards, he was also one of the SEC's most prolific receivers at the running back position. And if that wasn't enough for the two-year letterman from Memphis, he also returned 25 kickoffs for another 515 yards.

Heaviest players: Aaron Morris

Particulars: 6-5, 355, junior 

Buzz: What could have been a dominant year for Morris last season never even got started, as a torn ACL put him on the sideline in the Rebels' first game. He had been a full-time starter at guard in 2012, and even saw six starts as a freshman in 2011. Morris isn't just a big body -- he's a player -- and provides a physical presence to an offense known more for finesse than power. A healthy Morris in 2014 would be a major boost to the Ole Miss offensive front.

Top recruiters: Chris Kiffin

Remember when the Rebels seemed to come out of nowhere in 2013 and land a recruiting class ranked in the top 10 that included the best player in the country? Kiffin was the chief reason why Laremy Tunsil and Robert Nkemdiche are in Oxford, and he's been the man behind the recruiting efforts of the program that has turned heads recently. Recruiting and the last name Kiffin always seem to go together and it will be interesting to see how Chris will fare going against brother Lane head-to-head.

Biggest hitters: Cody Prewitt (3)

Particulars: 6-2, 212, senior.

Buzz: He is from Bay Springs, Miss. If you're like us, you hear "Bay Springs" and you picture a calm, peaceful place. Well, that's not the way Prewitt plays football; instead, he flies around, making big plays and huge hits. His nicely executed form tackle on Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews in last season's opener is a perfect example. (Warning: Do not run a Google search on that hit unless you are comfortable with watching a guy throw up on the field.) But Prewitt, who should vie for All-America honors this fall, is more than a big hitter; he had six interceptions and seven pass breakups to go along with 71 tackles last season. Still, while he is good in coverage, his best trait is his hitting ability.


Super Sunday Morning Clips

Super Sunday has arrived, and our two Rebels are at the forefront of the media buzz. Here are some recent clips featuring Michael Oher and Patrick Willis, as they prepare to face off in Super Bowl XLVII.

Clarion Ledger: Former Ole Miss standout and 49er Patrick Willis' road to Super Bowl a tough one
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: For Willis, 'Blind Side' bonds that endure
Chicago Tribune: Super Bowl linebacker's success story one of inspiration
Associated Press: 'Blind Side' family relishes Big Easy Super Bowl
Montreal Gazette: From The Blindside to the Super Bowl
MemphiSport: Memphis native Michael Oher relishes first Super Bowl appearance for Ravens

Rebel vs Rebel In Super Bowl Again

Again this season, former Ole Miss players have owned the NFL playoffs. For the second straight year, a Rebel starred on all four teams in the championship round, meaning an Ole Miss alum is guaranteed another Super Bowl ring. Last year, Eli Manning was the Rebel hero of the postseason, and this year, it may be Patrick Willis, as he piled up 12 tackles Sunday in leading the 49ers past the Falcons. Come Super Sunday, he will be lined up across from our own Michael Oher, whose Ravens eliminated the Patriots. Here are a few notes about our Super Bowl Rebels.

- Ole Miss is one of only four schools in the nation with position starters on both teams (also Maryland, Miami [Fla.] and Rutgers). If you include special teams (add Arizona State and Texas to list), Ole Miss is one of six schools with starters on both teams.
- Ole Miss is one of 15 schools with players on both active rosters. If you include injured reserve and practice squad, Ole Miss is one of 22 schools with players on both teams.
- Of the 15 schools with players on both active rosters, Ole Miss is one of only seven that is guaranteed a second straight Super Bowl ring (nine if you include the Giants' injured reserve and practice squad last year).
- This will mark the third straight Super Bowl and 19th overall to feature at least one Rebel (Ole Miss Super Bowl history).
- Willis and Oher will be the 21st and 22nd different Rebels to play in the Super Bowl.
- This will mark the 26th and 27th all-time appearances by Rebels in the Super Bowl.
- A Rebel will be a Super Bowl Champion for the 15th time in history.

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Playoffs Next For 10 NFL Rebels

Of the 23 Ole Miss players in the NFL, 10 are members of playoff bound teams. Last year, a Rebel was on each of the four teams in the championship round, and the Super Bowl featured Eli Manning against BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Here is the slate for our NFL Rebs this year.

Wild Card Round

Saturday, January 5
AFC - Bengals (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) at Texans, 3:30 pm, NBC
NFC - Vikings (Jamarca Sanford) at Packers, 7 pm, NBC
Sunday, January 6
AFC - Colts (Marshay Green, Bradley Sowell, Cassius Vaughn) at Ravens (Michael Oher), noon, CBS
NFC - Seahawks (Rishaw Johnson) at Redskins, 3:30 pm, FOX

Divisional Round

Saturday, January 12
AFC - Lowest Seeded Wild-Card Winner at Broncos, 3:30 pm, CBS
NFC - Highest Seeded Wild-Card Winner at 49ers (Patrick Willis), 7 pm, FOX
Sunday, January 13
NFC - Lowest Seeded Wild-Card Winner at Falcons (Peria Jerry), noon, FOX
AFC - Highest Seeded Wild-Card Winner at Patriots (Brandon Bolden), 3:30 pm, CBS

Championship Round
Sunday, January 20
NFC - 2 pm, FOX
AFC - 5:30 pm, CBS

Super Bowl
Sunday, February 3
5:30 pm, CBS (New Orleans)
AFC - 5:30 pm, CBS

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NFL Rebels Pick Up Hardware

Our former players continue to excel in the NFL, and this week provided another reminder. 49ers stud Patrick Willis was named to the Pro Bowl once again, becoming the first player in that franchise's rich history to go Pro Bowling in each of his first six seasons. Willis' selection makes a Rebel to be chosen for 15 of the last 17 Pro Bowls, including three representatives for the 1999 and 2012 all-star games.

While leading a defensive unit that led the NFL for much of the season, Willis also picked up conference player of the week honors in week 4 of the campaign. He is one of three Rebels garner the weekly accolade this year, joining Cassius Vaughn in week 13 (defense) and Micheal Spurlock in week 16 (special teams). Here are highlights of their award-winning performances.

Willis INT Of Jets' Sanchez

Vaughn Pick Six vs Titans

Spurlock Returns Punt For TD Against Jets


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