WJTV – With the team set to lose Evan Engram to graduation, Ole Miss will now be losing its top two receivers from this past season.
Junior wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow announced his declaration for the 2017 NFL Draft on Monday.
“I cannot begin to express to Rebel Nation what an honor and privilege these last three years have been putting on the Ole Miss jersey each Saturday,” Stringfellow said in a release. “The fans’ endless support, both on and off the field, has allowed me to grow and develop into the athlete and man that I am today. In that light, after much reflection and prayer, it pleases and saddens me to announce that I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft to pursue my dream of playing on Sundays. I would to thank my family, coaches, professors and most of all the fans that given me the love, courage, and much needed prayer to go out and make Oxford proud. I truly would not have this amazing opportunity without you.”
Stringfellow was second on the team in 2016 in receiving touchdowns (6) and receiving yards (716). That yardage mark puts him at eighth in the SEC this year. He also had 46 receptions.
“I am grateful to Damore’ea for his commitment to our program,” Hugh Freeze said in a release. “He has a tremendous opportunity, and we are excited for him to enter the next phase of his life. We look forward to seeing another Rebel receiver in the NFL.”
In his two seasons with the Rebels, Stringfellow finished with 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The former Washington Husky transferred to Ole Miss in June 2014 after being suspended indefinitely by Washington in February of that year. In April of 2014, Stringfellow pleaded guilty to three gross misdemeanor charges, as he and a teammate were linked to assaults of at least one Seattle Seahawks fan following Super Bowl XLVIII. He reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and was fined $693. He also was forced to serve five days on a work crew as well as attend anger management counseling.
The 2017 NFL Draft will be from April 27-29 in Philadelphia.