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…
DB, Batesville, MS
Bio: Tony Conner came to Ole Miss as a member of 2013 signing class. He comes from the infamous South Panola out of Batesville, Mississippi. Conner was rated a 5-star prospect by most recruiting sites. He was listed as the No.2 safety in the nation by Tom Lemmings, Scout.com, and ESPN.com. He was rated the top prospect in Mississippi by Scout.com. Conner was rated the No. 24 overall recruit in the nation by MaxPreps and ESPN.com, No. 25 by 247Sports.com and No. 31 by Scout.com. In high school, Tony Conner helped South Panola to three Class 6A state championships in his four years as a starter. He was listed as the No. 2 prospect in the state by The Clarion Ledger and was a member of the paper’s Dandy Dozen List.
In 2013: Tony Conner made a huge impact to the Rebel defense his freshman year. He was named Freshman All-America first team by Sporting News and 247Sports.com and second team by Athlon. He was selected by league coaches to the SEC All-Freshman team. Conner played in every game last season with 12 starts at huskie. Conner finished third on the team with 66 tackles, while adding 5.0 TFLs, 1.0 sack, one interception and seven passes defended. He ranked second among SEC freshmen in tackles on the season. He ranked second on the team with seven passes defended. Tony Conner’s best performances in 2013 came in the wins over LSU and Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl.
The Value: During the preseason, Tony Conner was listed as the preseason All-SEC second team by Phil Steele, Lindy’s, Athlon. He was rated the SEC’s third-best safety by ESPN.com. I expect Tony Conner to have a huge season. Now with collegiate experience, Conner will be an invaluable Rebel player on defense. He is projected to start at the huskie position, which is a cross between a safety and linebacker, with Mike Hilton and Cliff Coleman backing him up at huskie.