Ole Miss’ John Rhys Plumlee and Jerrion Ealy named Freshman All-Americans

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Now Kiffin is gonna have a lot of fun with his two rising stars on offense who both took home Freshman All-American Awards today.

Both Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, a Conerly Trophy finalist, and Running Back Jerrion Ealy have been tabbed by The Athletic to the first and second teams respectively.

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Ealy also took home equivalent praise from the league office as the current SEC leader in kick return average.

As for Plumlee, he broke the single-season school record for freshman rushing yards with 1,023.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.