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Halloween treat: Former Coast football star surprised with Ole Miss scholarship

Ole Miss senior running back Keshun Wells finds out he is receiving a scholarship just prior to being mobbed by teammates in Oxford on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.
Ole Miss senior running back Keshun Wells finds out he is receiving a scholarship just prior to being mobbed by teammates in Oxford on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

A former Moss Point High School star athlete realized his dream of earning a college football scholarship on Thursday, and he got the news in the former of a Halloween surprise.

Keshun Wells, who is a senior running back at Ole Miss, was informed by head coach Matt Luke that he would receive a reward for all of his hard work during a jubilant moment on the practice field in Oxford.

It all happened Thursday as Ole Miss wrapped up practice ahead of Saturday’s important SEC West game at Auburn.

With a pair of trick or treat buckets in hand, a grinning Luke walked out on the practice field. Soon after, the third-year head coach called Wells up to the front and handed him an envelope.

“Open up your ticket,” Luke said in a video posted to the Ole Miss football twitter account on Thursday evening.

Wells paused for a moment as he opened the envelope, looked at Luke and said, “This better not be …”

He finished unwrapping the envelope and had a look of disbelief on his face as he read the letter. Soon after, he was mobbed by teammates.

Wells posted a thank you to his coaches and teammates on Twitter Thursday evening: “LORD THANK YOU to Coach Luke, the entire staff, family, friends, teammates & most importantly the doubters! I just have one last thing to say now...... #Scholarship #WalkOnNation”

Wells ran for 793 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Moss Point, playing alongside his brother Omni Wells, who is a standout running back at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

After graduating from Moss Point, Wells attended East Central, Coahoma and Gulf Coast, but did not play football at any of those community colleges.

He earned a spot on the Ole Miss roster as a walk-on running back in 2017, but did not take the field that season.

In 2018, he saw action in seven games on special teams and as a reserve running back. He ran four times for 21 yards in a win over Louisiana-Monroe.

He has taken the field five times for the Rebels this year.

Patrick Magee is a sports writer who has covered South Mississippi for much of the last two decades. From Southern Miss to high schools, he stays on top of it all.
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