Ole Miss signee Darius “Tig” Barksdale was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early Thursday morning, Batesville police confirmed.
A former South Panola High School star, Barksdale is awaiting NCAA certification before being allowed to compete for the Rebels, who sign in today and Sunday and begin practice on Monday.
Barksdale was also cited for driving without a license.
It is believed that Barksdale, who also attended Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, has achieved the necessary academic requirements. He’s expected to compete to start at strong safety.
Last week Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt removed signee Jamar Hornsby from the team. Hornsby, who was also expected to compete at strong safety, was indicted on felony assault.
“We are currently gathering information on Tig Barksdale’s situation,” Nutt said in a statement. “While we are disappointed with this news, this is why we are in coaching. We will try to help this young man’s life with structure, discipline, support and love. He needs to be in a structured environment, and we will deal with this situation in an appropriate manner.”
In his first brush with an Ole Miss player and DUI, Nutt last season suspended defensive back Fon Ingram for one game.
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