By Patsy R. Brumfield
AUSTIN, Texas – A University of Mississippi senior continues to recover today from injuries suffered in an early Saturday altercation before the Ole Miss-Texas football game.
Carson Otter of Bloomington, Ind., apparently became separated from friends in the Texas capital about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and reportedly was pushed down onto a street curb by someone he met.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the assault occurred in downtown Austin, where police say a man, a passenger in a four-door silver car, left the vehicle and punched Otter, who fell to the ground and hit his head.
A police spokeswoman said there have been no arrests in connection with the incident and police are still searching for a suspect.
The Ole Miss campus newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, reports that Otter underwent emergency brain surgery there, and that his mother posted on Facebook that he was in the intensive care unit.
Candy Otter posted: “He is showing good signs while in an induced coma. Carson’s road to recovery will be a long one. I will post updates as we have them. Please pray for my boy,” The DM reported.
On Sunday she wrote, “Carson opened his eyes today and even nodded at us! Baby steps.”
For someone listed as Otter’s “father,” Alexander Forney’s Facebook page depicts the Ole Miss logo of a blue “M” on a red field with the words “Prayers for Carson Otter” written across the “M” in script letters.
A campus contact told the Daily Journal that Otter apparently left his group of friends to join another group when the incident occurred.