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Ashanti Cistrunk continues trend of Ole Miss players receiving SEC weekly honors

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Ole Miss linebacker Ashanti Cistrunk intercepts a K.J. Jefferson pass to give the Rebels' offense a short field (photo courtesy of UM Athletics)

Another member of the No.13 Ole Miss football team has continued a list of weekly honors given for outstanding performances following a game.

Rebels’ linebacker Ashanti Cistrunk was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week coming off the team’s 27-20 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

The Louisville native finished the contest with nine tackles, one for a loss, 0.5 sacks, and most notably — a momentum-shifting interception that gave Ole Miss a short field, leading to a touchdown that put the team ahead of the Razorbacks in the first half.

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Cistrunk helped lead the defensive unit, which struggled one week prior versus LSU, to minimize the Arkansas offensive attack led by Jefferson and star running back Rocket Sanders. The Razorbacks were held to just 288 total yards and a mere 36 rushing yards during the thriller in Oxford.


Thus far on the season, the following Ole Miss (5-1, 2-1 SEC) players have earned weekly conference honors:

  • Caden Davis (Kicker) — The Texas A&M transfer now at Ole Miss was coined the SEC’s most excellent special teams player coming off the team’s 37-20 win at Tulane. Davis was perfect on the day, splitting the uprights on three field goal attempts, one from 56 yards out, and making all four extra points.
  •  Trey Washington (Safety) — Washington was recognized as the most outstanding defensive player in the SEC after recording a career-high 10 tackles, two of which were for loss, and forced fumble during the Rebels’ 48-23 win over Georgia Tech.
  • Jaxson Dart (Quarterback) — Dart was honored as the conference’s offensive player of the week after besting LSU’s Jayden Daniels in a quarterback dual in front of a record-breaking crowd at Vaught Hemingway Stadium. The Ole Miss signal-caller mounted 389 yards through the air and 50 on the ground with five total touchdowns.
  • Ashanti Cistrunk (Linebacker)

Head coach Lane Kiffin was also recognized as National Coach of the Week by On3 for his offense’s performance during the 55-49 thriller against LSU.

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