"I feel very good about my academics"

Aubrey McPhadden (OT, East MS CC) - It has been a long and difficult road for the former high school All-American.

Coming out of high school, Aubrey was rated as one of the Top 20 offensive tackles in the country.

He was offered by the likes of Florida State, Miami, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Maryland before signing with Florida State. That is where the fun ended.

McPhadden failed to qualify.

"I sat out a semester. I only needed another point on the ACT test, so I stayed home and kept taking it. I enrolled at East Central CC (MS) in the Spring of '04. I left after a semester and enrolled at East MS CC that summer," added Aubrey McPhadden.

Aubrey's freshman season saw him start all ten games at right tackle. During the Spring semester of his freshman year, he committed to the University of Mississippi along with his roommate, Korey Raymond.

Things were looking bright again for McPhadden's future, but then he received some bad news that summer.

"They told me that I was not going to be brought back on scholarship. I did not have any money, so I basically sat out that semester. I did take a correspondence course, but I did not have the money to take all of the classes that I needed."

McPhadden was actually on track to graduate in December had he taken the courses that he needed to graduate, but now his expected arrival date to Ole Miss has been pushed back.

"I am not in school (at East MS CC). I am taking two correspondence classes and working at a local warehouse. I will be finished with those classes in June. I am doing real good in them. So far, I have two B's right now. Then when I finish those two classes, I am taking my last two correspondence classes. I should be finished with them in early August."

Has Aubrey been in contact with the Ole Miss staff recently?

"I talk to Coach Orgeron almost every week. I actually talked to him yesterday. He just told me they still wanted me to come, and I still have a full scholarship waiting on me as soon as I get my classes right."

How confident does McPhadden feel about his chances of completing his needed course work by Fall?

"I feel real confident right now. Taking them by correspondence is a little easier than taking them in school. I am going to get it done. I know what is at stake, basically my whole football career depends on me finishing up these classes. I am no fool. I have read and heard a lot of people say I will never make it up to Ole Miss, so it is going to feel good when I prove them wrong."


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