We have all been a little busy, recuperating from the baseball season ending and the MLB Draft raiding the proverbial cupboard. Today we’ve got a double dose of dastardly delicious Rebel dandies for our 100 day countdown to kickoff.
No. 86 Rebel of the Day — Jonathan Nichols
I know. I know. Just give me a minute to explain.
One game cannot ruin the lore of a player who was the best kicker in college football in 2003. It can make you cuss his name to this day, but ultimately, Jonathan Nichols is the greatest 86 in Ole Miss history.
Lou Groza award winner. 155-of-157 point after attempts. 63 field goals made. 77 percent on field goals over four years.
Yes, he is the alleged reason Ole Miss didn’t make it to Atlanta in 2003. Or maybe you could blame someone else. Or maybe it’s some curse you believe in. Or potentially Ole Miss would’ve never been in that situation without Nichols scoring 124 points in other games that led to that crucial LSU game.
But when it all comes down to it, the placekicker from Pillow Academy rivals any kicker Ole Miss has ever had.
No. 85 Rebel of the Day — Ja-Mes Logan
By far one of the greatest first names in Ole Miss football history and also the best #85 to play for the Rebels is our dude from Houston — Ja-Mes Logan.
Logan ranks 12th in Ole Miss football history with more than 1,000 receiving yards and seventh in catches with 136.
The four-year letterwinner was the model of consistency if nothing else. His production of 387 yards, 274 yards, 490 yards, and 583 yards in respective years shows that Logan took his redshirt year, then made an immediate impact and ultimately produced most significantly under Coach Hugh Freeze’s pass heavy offense.
The big knock for the pro scouts on Logan was his thin frame and small hands. He scouted with some teams but never caught on in the League. But honestly, we remember Ja-Mes for his phenomenal name, the four years of work he put in and a time when Ole Miss went from last in the SEC to actual contention and bowl game titles.