Along with the offensive line, the defensive back position was hard to narrow down. We’ve had some great corners and safeties for the Rebels. This is the list I agonized over. There are some who will be left off that should be on the list. I expect this position group will garner the most debates. Here we go.
It seemed as if no pass came toward Ken Lucas that he didn’t get a hand on. In 2000, Lucas was named an All-American. He led the nation with an astonishing 30 passes defending while collecting five interception. The 30 pass defenses was are a Ole Miss record. Last year at the SEC Championship game he was honored as a member the 2015 SEC Football Legends class. Lucas patrolled the defensive backfield like a hawk and he deserved to be on this All-Millennial first team.
I hope we truly appreciated his presence these past few years. The All-American was a fixture in his rover position. He had a knack for being around the ball. And when he arrived at the ball, he arrived with evil intentions. Last year he managed to take two interception all the way back for a touchdown. Elston was a great Rebel.
The Chucky Mullin Courage Award winner could have very well been listed on the first team. Another one of those guys from the South Panola football factory, Sanford was as aggressive a player you would find on the field. He was a missile anytime an opposing team had the ball. Being well over 200 tackles lets you know he made plays.
This last spot is the hardest to fill. Players like Cody Prewitt, Tony Conner, and Senquez Golson could truly be worthy of this spot. But the leadership that Mike Hilton provided get him this spot. He made plays, but he is not on this list based on statistics. During his career at Ole Miss, he played every position in the defensive backfield. He is an all-time fan favorite. His leadership led him to being last year’s Chucky Mullin Courage Award winner.
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