The Top 10 plays of the 2015 Ole Miss football season

The 2015 football season was full of exciting plays for Ole Miss. The Rebels put up over 480 points, defeated six SEC opponents and secured a Sugar Bowl berth for the first time since 1970. Here are the Top 10 plays from Ole Miss' nine-win season.

No. 10 (Tie) - Wilkins' TD Run Puts the Game Away For Ole Miss: Taking advantage of solid blocking by the Ole Miss offensive line, Rebel RB Jordan Wilkins showed off his speed and athleticism by breaking off for a 38-yard touchdown run against Mississippi State. The score put the Rebels ahead 38-13 in the 4th quarter and helped keep enough momentum to prevent a Bulldog comeback.

No. 10 (Tie) - Kelly 27-YD TD Run Against Mississippi State: Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly showed off his arm many times this season, but he also reminded the country why he was rated one of the top dual-threat QBs in the 2012 recruiting class. With some help from teammate Evan Engram, Kelly outran four Bulldog defenders to open up a night of offensive prowess for the Rebels.

No. 9 - Nkemdiche Shows Agility On A 31-YD TD Against UT-Martin: Robert Nkemdiche was a force to be reckoned with for the Ole Miss defensive line in 2015, but the junior defensive tackle also proved to be a scoring option on offense. With the Rebels already leading the Warhawks with a 27-0 score, Nkemdiche took a short dump-off pass from Ole Miss backup QB Ryan Buchanan and tip-toed the sideline on the way to his first TD as a Rebel.

No. 8 - Stringfellow Hauls In Second Egg Bowl TD: Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow showed flashes of greatness this season, but his best performance of the year came in the Egg Bowl. The redshirt sophomore had 84 receiving yards and scored twice, including this 36-yard TD. Watch as Kelly rifles the ball in between State defenders, while Stringellow never breaks stride to outrun the Bulldog secondary. Stringfellow even whipped up a little post TD snack to celebrate. I'm guessing it was scrambled eggs.

No. 7 - Bridges Picks Off Prescott and Takes It To The House: Nothing can silence a stadium full of ringing cowbells better than watching your beloved quarterback get clobbered (courtesy of Ole Miss LB DeMarquis Gates) while another defender (Ole Miss CB Tony Bridges) snatches the ball from the air and runs it back for a TD. 

No. 6 (Tie) - Engram Scores On Desgined Screen Pass: With Ole Miss already up two TDs against rival LSU, Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze dialed up a play that was designed to score. With an array of blockers guiding the way, Engram took a short pass from Kelly and ran 36 yards for the dagger of a touchdown. 

No. 6 (Tie) - Stringfellow Shakes 'N' Bakes For A TD: With a 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame, Stringfellow can usually just run through a defender to move forward. However, on this play against Arkansas, he needed to get by three Razorbacks. So the physical WR decided to hit the juke stick a few times on his way to the end zone.

No. 5 (Tie) - Haynes' Pressure Results In Bridges' Interception: When Ole Miss and Alabama met earlier in the year the Rebels came out of the tunnel and immediately took a commanding lead. Ole Miss' biggest lead came late in the third quarter when kicker Gary Wunderlich's field goal made the score 30-10 in favor of the Rebs. That's when many members of the sellout home crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium started exiting, and sure enough, that's when Alabama started coming back. With under three minutes left in the fourth quarter Alabama had the ball and Ole Miss only held a six-point lead. On a first-and-10 from his own 33, Alabama QB Jacob Coker stepped back to throw what should've been a deep pass to WR ArDarius Stewart, but Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes had other plans. Haynes rushed inside from his end spot, blew by All-American C Ryan Kelly and drove Coker to the ground forcing an underthrown ball. Bridges snagged it for the theft, and that looked to be the end of the game. Unfortunately for the Rebels a turnover on downs and gave the ball back to Alabama for one more chance at a game-winning drive. That's why this play is not ranked higher. It was, however, a huge momentum killer for the Tide, and the hit by Haynes left Coker shaken up for Alabama's final drive.

No. 5 (Tie) - Bridges' Blocked FG Forces OT Against Arkansas: Ole Miss and Arkansas battled in a high-scoring thriller earlier in the season. With less than 10 seconds left in the game, Ole Miss turned the ball over on downs at midfield giving the Razorbacks a chance to win the game. Arkansas capitalized on the Rebels' mistake by using a quick pass to set up a 47-yard FG attempt with less than three seconds left in regulation. Fourtunately for Ole Miss, Bridges was able to extend himself enough to knock the kick down to force OT. The Razorbacks went on to benefit from a crazy lateral play that eventually won them the game, but if Ole Miss pulled out a victory at the Vaught and kept its SEC title hopes alive, Bridges' block would have gone down as one of the best plays in Ole Miss football history.

No. 4 - Treadwell's Best Dez Bryant Impersonation: Alabama CB Cyrus Jones never had a chance on this play. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell not only beat Jones on this route, but looked very similar to Dallas Cowboys' All-Pro WR Dez Bryant as he jumped up at the perfect time to snatch a well thrown ball by Kelly. If he wasn't already considered the top WR prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft, this TD catch definitely made NFL scouts drool enough to boost Treadwell's draft status. It also increased Ole Miss' lead against Alabama, and as the Rebels learned later in the game, you can never score too much against the Tide.

No. 3 (Tie) - The Treadwell Pass Finally Works: Freeze hasn't faced much criticism in his tenure at Ole Miss, but his calling of one particular play has drawn some heat. That play is of course the WR pass usually executed by Treadwell. For the first time since its inception, the play finally worked and gave Ole Miss an exciting 68-yard TD against Memphis.

No. 3 (Tie) - Treadwell Makes Auburn Feel His Pain: After suffering a season-ending injury against Auburn in 2014, the main storyline going into Ole Miss' matchup against the Tigers this season was how Treadwell would play against the team that ended his stellar sophomore campaign. After remaining fairly quiet for most of the game, Treadwell came up with the perhaps the biggest TD of the game and one that secured a Rebel victory. With Auburn CB Carlton Davis hanging onto him, Treadwell hauled in a TD reception in the corner of the end zone and proceeded to stare at Davis as he performed one of the "nastiest" ball flips in Ole Miss football history. 

No. 2 - Treadwell's Best Odell Beckham Jr. Impersonation: New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has captivated the NFL with some of the best one-handed snags ever seen. On Oct. 10, 2015 Treadwell captivated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with his best impersonation. After shaking off a New Mexico St. CB, Treadwell reached out for an overthrown ball by Kelly, caught it with one hand and then tight-roped the sideline for a TD catch that he made looked routine.

No. 1 - Adeboyejo Carom TD: Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo had a breakout season in 2015. It was a year filled with many exciting TDs for the junior from Cedar Hill, TX, but none compare to this crazy one against Alabama.

                                                           Honorable Mentions

HM - Rebel RBs Use The Hitstick On Bulldogs: After being criticized for the lack of a physical run game all season long, Ole Miss running backs Akeem Judd and Jordan Wilkins had enough. Both Rebels showed how physical they can be, and it happened on the same drive against Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

HM - Kelly Shows Off Big Arm, Treadwell Shows Off Speed: I think the title speaks for itself.

HM - Bridges' Interception Results In Freeze Hitting "Whip": Great job by Bridges getting physical with the Auburn WR to snatch an interception. We also got to see Freeze celebrate by hitting the "whip" which, compared to some other college football coaches, wasn't so bad. You do you, Hugh.


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