Lane Kiffin is the ultimate DK Metcalf fan.
After honoring the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver by wearing a “Metcalf 14” mask against the Alabama Crimson Tide in October, the Ole Miss head coach pulled out another Metcalf good luck charm on Saturday before his Rebels faced off against the No. 11 Indiana Hosiers in the Outback Bowl.
Kiffin rolled up to Raymond James Stadium rocking an autographed No. 14 Seahawks jersey worn by Metcalf, who played in Oxford, Mississippi for three seasons.
Good luck charm or not, Kiffin’s game-day fit was worn for a special occasion. In his first season as head coach, Kiffin led the Rebels to a 26-20 victory over the Hoosiers, the program’s first bowl victory in five years.
Before Metcalf was stiff-arming and chasing down the NFL’s elite, he caught 67 passes for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns for Ole Miss. The Oxford, Miss., native became an Internet sensation for his superfreak athleticism and Hulk-like physique at the NFL Combine before he was selected by the Seahawks at No. 64 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Now in his second year as a pro, Metcalf has emerged as one of the NFL’s premier wideouts.
As the Seahawks get ready to close out the regular season on Sunday vs. the San Francisco 49ers and set their sights on the postseason, Metcalf is in reach of breaking a 35-year-old record. With six yards on Sunday, the 23-year-old would surpass Steve Largent’s single-season franchise record of 1,287 yards set in 1985.
Both Ole Miss and Metcalf have a lot to celebrate in 2021.