After two losses to the Rebels, Alabama got one back on Ole Miss with a thrilling 48-43 win in Oxford, Mississippi. Chad Kelly put the Rebs up early before Alabama came storming back and then the zombie Rebels found second life. Though our SEC Scholar Athletes for Week 2 didn’t have much of an impact on the game, neither program would be in the position they’re in without these two veteran leaders.
The SEC Scholar Athlete of the Week from Alabama is tight end O.J. Howard. Howard had just two catches for 24 yards in the win as the Tide leaned on its ground game to win the game in the second half, but No. 88 always has a prominent role in the offense even as a threat. Everyone saw the title game last year, no defensive coordinator wants to let Howard get loose like that again.
Off the field, Howard is working on a graduate degree in Sports Business Management after finishing his undergraduate work in May 2016. Howard has a 4.0 in the program, has an internship this fall and is on track to graduate in May 2017. He could have entered the NFL Draft a year ago, but Howard returned for another year in the community where he is a regular visitor at children’s hospitals and frequently spends time working with the elderly and youth programs across the state.
Ole Miss defensive end John Youngblood is a four-time SEC Academic Roll pick, finishing his undergraduate degree in Dec. 2015. Before the season Ole Miss named Youngblood the 27th recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, allowing him to wear Mullins’ No. 38 jersey. Youngblood has looked elsewhere for much of his big community service contributions, participating in spring break mission trips to Panama in 2013 and Haiti in 2014 and 2015.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Week 3 SEC Scholar Athletes: Bama’s O.J. Howard and Ole Miss’ John Youngblood