By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Anthony Alford, a two-sport star at Petal High School before signing with Southern Miss a year ago, has enrolled at Ole Miss, according to reports.
As a quarterback, Alford was a U.S. Army All-American and in baseball became a third-round draft pick of Toronto.
He passed on pro baseball and played as a true freshman on an unsuccessful Southern Miss team that finished 0-12 in 2012.
Alford’s enrollment or status with the football team has not been confirmed by Ole Miss. He would have to sit out the 2013 season under NCAA transfer rules.
The Rebels return their starting quarterback – Bo Wallace, The Conerly Trophy winner as Mississippi’s top college football player – who will be a junior in 2013 and currently list two quarterbacks in their recruiting class of verbal commits.
Alford encountered legal problems in Hattiesburg. Late in November he was arrested for his role in an on-campus fight and was charged with aggravated assault. It is alleged that Alford threatened someone with a weapon.
Alford appeared in nine games, starting five, and also struggled with injuries. He was 57 for 127 passing for 664 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 329 yards and six scores.