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.