The 2014 Ole Miss football season is just around the corner. Now that we have hit the 45 day mark until kickoff, we are going to countdown the most valuable Rebel players this season. Their rankings are based on their positions and how much of an impact they will bring to the table. Today on the countdown is…
DT, Atlanta, GA / Booneville, MS
Last College: Northeast Mississippi Community College
Bio: Lavon Hooks came to Ole Miss in January of 2013 as a JUCO prospect. He played two seasons at Northeast Mississippi Community College under head coach Ricky Smither. AS JUCO prospect, Hooks was rated number one by 247Sports.com, number eleven by Scout.com and number fifteen by ESPN.com. He was rated a 4-star prospect and was a member of the 2013 Ole Miss recruiting class. At NEMCC, Hooks finished tied for second in the state and region with 9.5 sacks and ranked second among all JUCO players in the nation with 20.5 tackles for loss. In his final year at NEMCC, Hooks recorded 51 total tackles and had three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
2013 Season: Lavon Hooks joined the team right before spring practices last year. Last season, Hooks recorded 10 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and a sack. Arguably his best performance came in the home game against LSU. Hooks made two tackles and recorded his first sack as a Rebel in the upset win over the Tigers.
The Value: Lavon Hooks has great size for his position(probably one of the best on the team). Amazingly, with that, comes great explosiveness from Hooks off the line. Hooks may have not been listed in the post-spring depth chart, but Hooks could play major role in filling depth in the Ole Miss roster in the season. That is why he is high on our list. Robert Nkemdiche will get the primary start at defensive tackle and Bryon Bennett will back him up. But, you can expect to see Hooks somewhere in there along the way.