Ole Miss freshman defensive back Trae Elston has a lot to learn, but he won’t be learning on the field against Texas.
Late in the Rebels’ win over UTEP, Elston placed a hit on receiver that could be heard in the stands. The crowd responded not with cheers but with the verbal recognition of the ferocity of the hit. The SEC responded to the vulnerability of the receiver and has suspended Elston for one game.
The play resulted in an incomplete pass, and no flag was thrown against Elston.
SEC Media Relations
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Upon review of game tapes of the football game between University of Texas-El Paso and Ole Miss, played in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive has announced that Ole Miss freshman defensive back Trae Elston has been suspended for the Sept. 15 Texas at Ole Miss football game.
This action was the result of a flagrant and dangerous act which occurred at the 3:18 mark in the fourth quarter. The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder,” and Rule 9-1-3 which states, “No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet.”
This action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d) which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act.
Here is the Hugh Freeze response from Ole Miss:
“We are disappointed to lose Trae for this weekend, but we are moving forward as a team and focused on Texas.”