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Countdown to Ole Miss football 2018 - No. 92

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The Parade All-American from McCall Creek keeps this thing rolling.

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If you’re like yaboi OMTB, you were ecstatic at the early recruiting success of Coach Ed Orgeron back in the 2005-2006 timeline.

It was a breath of fresh air for a fanbase that was much maligned on the recruiting front by his predecessor David Cutcliffe. Orgeron had the Rebels in the talks for the services of top 50 players and would flip players from more tradition rich schools.

Our No. 92 Rebel of the Day is one of those talented flips — Marcus Tillman.

Tillman was set to go to Gainesville and play for the Florida Gators until he was convinced by Dacoacho to stay in-state and play for the Rebels. The Parade All American and No. 55 overall player in the nation for the class of 2006 had a combined 24 sacks his junior and senior year of high school and he was just the type of player Ole Miss needed to keep in-state to get back on track.

Tillman made an immediate impact as a freshman, starting 11 games and snagging two sacks and five tackles for loss, earning him Freshman All-American honors. He continued to contribute regularly as Orgeron left and Hootie Dale Nutt took the reigns for Ole Miss.

In 2009, Tillman was named the Chucky Mullins Courage Award winner and started all 13 games en-route to back-to-back Cotton Bowl wins for the Rebels. He finished his Ole Miss career with 120 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss.

There’s no doubt the big man from Franklin County put in a ton of work to make his impact at Ole Miss, and sometimes the regular contributing bigs don’t get the deserved attention.

So here’s to you 92, Marcus Tillman, Rebel of the Day, cheers!