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Countdown to Ole Miss football 2018 - No. 87

Let’s keep things rolling by taking a look at some BOOKS.

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For NCAA student athletes, most of them go pro in something other than sports.

It’s a hokey tag-line on commercials to try and dredge up feelings that amateurism matters and student-athlete is a very serious thing. But, for our countdown to college football, we thought why not take a look at a member of the football program who knocked it out of the park off the field.

The No. 87 Rebel of the Day — Matt Brown

Brown is from Cordova, Tenn. and attended Harding Academy in high school. He caught some passes for the Lions and was a generally good guy to most everyone who knew him (we checked, don’t worry). He joined the Rebel football team as a non-scholarship player in 2012. Then, he lettered twice in football, which is more than 99.9% of us can say, but then broke his fibula and didn’t see action again.

However, he still had a gift to give the Rebel football team - he went on to crush it in the classroom - contributing mightily to the team’s GPA and APR scores.

Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Chancellor’s Honor Roll - Fall ‘12, Spring ‘13, Fall ‘14
  • Dean’s Honor Roll - Spring ‘15
  • UMAA Honor Roll - Fall ‘13, Spring ‘14
  • SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll - 2013-15

But Matt wasn’t rocking a journalism, criminal justice or general studies major. Bro went out and majored in chemical engineering.


He went on to graduate cum laude, got a job with International Paper in Louisiana doing engineering stuff and probably crushes life on the reg.

So cheers to you, Rebel of the Day, Matt Brown — you were on a team that WON A FREAKING SUGAR BOWL. You, sir, have really got some stuff going for you.