Anthony Johnson to transfer from MSU

STARKVILLE – Anthony Johnson, whose promising football career was interrupted by legal trouble, will transfer from Mississippi State.

MSU compliance director Bracky Brett said Johnson will leave the school after the semester ends but does not know where the 5-foot-10, 203-pound cornerback will transfer. Johnson’s younger brother, Provine High football player Kenyatta Jenkins, said through one of Provine’s assistant football coaches that he does not know where Anthony Johnson plans to transfer.

Johnson made 52 tackles and three interceptions as a freshman cornerback. He is most remembered for a 103-yard interception return for touchdown that iced a 17-12 win over Alabama in Starkville.

He was then suspended from the team and left school after his involvement in a shooting incident in March of 2008. He later re-enrolled but remained suspended from the team.

His high school coach, Willie Collins, said MSU cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith told him recently that Johnson would eventually be let back on the team.

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