The 45 Most Valuable Rebels of 2014: No. 11 Issac Gross


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…

In 2013: Issac Gross played in every game last season, including four starts at nose tackle. Gross led the team with 3.5 sacks and second with 9.0 tackles for a loss. He recorded 34 total tackles (19 solo), two fumble recoveries, a pass broken up, and two quarterback hurries. Gross’ best game last season had to be the Music City Bowl win over Georgia Tech, where he led the Rebels with career highs in tackles (8) and tackles for a loss (3.0). After the game, he was named to the National All-Bowl Team.

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The Value: Coming into the 2014 season, Issac Gross has been named the No. 8 defensive tackle in the SEC by ESPN. Gross is just a flat out beast. Even his school photo above is intimidating. Issac Gross is the projected starter at nose tackle coming into the 2014 season. He is likely to be backed up by Woodrow Hamilton. This is expected to be one of the best defensive lines we’ve seen since 2008 and Issac Gross will play huge factor in meeting those expectations. Now, with added depth, players like Gross, Hamilton, and Robert Nkemdiche have the opportunity to really exile at their positions.