Former JPS Standouts Part of Bulldogs, Rebels Historic Season

By Sedrick Durr
Jackson Advocate Contributing Writer

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Ole Miss Rebels have played football on a historic level over the past several weeks which has led to a number one and number three national ranking respectively. With an opportunity to confirm their success with talk of a national championship, products of the Jackson Public School system are playing significant roles.
The Bulldogs who began the season as an unranked team with hopes of making an early statement are currently ranked the nation’s best squad. While Bulldog fans continue to relish this historic run, former Jim Hill standout Fred Brown has provided productive results with his wide receiver playmidway through the 2014 season.
Brown, a 6’1, 190 pound sophomore, caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dak Prescot to seal a victory against Texas A&M. Despite receiving no catches against Auburn last week, he his is still responsible for nine catches for 157 yards on the season.
Brown came to Starkville as a three-star recruit and rated as the 25th best player in Mississippi by Rivals.com in 2011. He joins Jocquell Johnson of Callaway as former JPS players on the Bulldog roster.
Johnson a 6’4 300 pound Copiah-Lincoln transfer, currently serves as a backup tackle in Cowbell Country.
As for the Rebels, Callaway personnel stand as a big part of the third ranked roster.
Aaron Morris, Justin Bell, Breland Speaks, Rod Taylor and Dayall Harris each wore a Charger uniform at one time but now look to lead the Rebels improved program.
Morris, a 6/5, 345 junior and Bell, a 6’2, 352 junior are currently the only starters listed on the Rebels depth chart contributing at left and right guards respectively.
Speaks, a 6’4 310 pound defensive lineman, Taylor a 6’2 320 tackle and Harris a6’3, 185 receiver are expected to be a part of the Rebels future as each a currently listed as freshmen.
With recent wins over Auburn and Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have increased their chances to become a part of the case each of these former JPS alums will likely earn a piece of Mississippi Sports History.
While the Bulldogs are off this weekend, the Rebels will host Tennessee. Both teams are 6-0.