Alford leaves Rebels to play pro baseball

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

Anthony Alford, the back-up punt returner and safety, has decided to leave the No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels days before their matchup with No. 1 Alabama.

Less than a day after being asked about Alford’s role with the team, specifically on punt returns, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was issuing a statement about his departure to play baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Anthony is leaving school to pursue major league baseball,” Freeze said. “We wish him the best. He’s a great kid.”

Alford, a native of Petal who came to Ole Miss after playing quarterback at Southern Miss, played in all four games this season. He registered six tackles and two punt returns for 8 yards.

Alford was selected in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, who signed him to a contract that allowed him to play college football while still participating in Blue Jays’ extended spring training during the summers.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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