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A return to Mississippi Mayhem: Ole Miss on cover of Sports Illustrated

A familiar face will grace the upcoming cover of Sports Illustrated.

Following Ole Miss' historic upset at Alabama, SI opted to highlight the Rebels once again, this time zooming in on one of the catalysts of the team's defense: safety Trae Elston.

The cover marks the second time in two seasons the Rebels have been featured on SI's cover. In October 2014, Ole Miss was highlighted alongside of in-state rival Mississippi State during what the magazine termed as "Mississippi Mayhem."

This time the cover is all to the Rebels (3-0), featuring Andy Staples' "Re-Embrace The Mayhem" cover story. The feature delves into how Ole Miss upset the Tide 43-37 and catapulted to No. 3 in the country.

"There was no fairy dust needed at Bryant-Denny last Saturday night, only an Ole Miss team that took a three-hour bus ride then went toe-to-toe for four-plus hours more against the SEC juggernaut that has won three national titles since Coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007" Staples wrote. "Can we? was suddenly We can."

As for the cover star, Elston has been one of the defensive leaders for Ole Miss early on this season. Through three games, Elston has recorded 12 tackles with three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. Against Alabama, Elston made six tackles and returned an interception -- one of five Tide turnovers -- 28 yards.

Former Gulf Coast standout Tony Bridges has also made his presence felt early on. The cornerback made five tackles in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and pulled in a late interception to help the Rebels hold onto their first win at Alabama since 1988.

The win shook up the college football world with Ole Miss jumping to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 and Alabama dropping out of the top 10 (to No. 12) for the first time in 70 weeks.

Can the Rebels continue their winning ways? The Rebels host Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.