Anthony Alford

Ex-USM QB, one-time Rebel WR among eight Ole Miss mid-year additions

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A week ago, Anthony Alford tweeted that he would be continuing his playing career at Ole Miss.

Tuesday night, the Rebels confirmed the move.

In a release, Alford was announced as one of eight mid-year additions to the football program.  Alford comes to the Rebels from Southern Miss.

In mid-December, the Golden Eagles announced that they had granted the quarterback his release.  That move came two weeks after Alford was charged with aggravated assault following an on-campus incident.

As a true freshman in 2012, Alford started five of the nine games in which he played.  He led the Golden Eagles in passing yards (664) and rushing touchdowns (six), and was third in rushing yards (329).

The other mid-year additions were Nickolas Brassell (East Mississippi Community College), Austin Douglas (Northwest Mississippi Community College), Lavon Hooks (Northeast Mississippi Community College) and Quadarias Mireles (Hinds Community College), as well as high school graduates Mark Dodson (Memphis, Tenn.), Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas) and Andy Pappanastos (Montgomery, Ala.).

Brassell is actually a familiar face as, during his true freshman season in 2011, he made starts at both wide receiver and cornerback.  It was at the former position that he made the most impact, finishing second on the team in receptions (24), receiving yards (336) and TD catches (two).

Academic issues, however, led to his departure in May of last year.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury