Anthony Alford, an outfielder in the Jays farm system and quarterback at Southern Miss, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault according to the Sun Herald of Biloxi (Miss.). Alford and Korey Hathorn, another student, were arrested on campus after being involved in a fight on Wednesday.
Hathorn was charged with possession of a felony weapon on campus by a student. The altercation did not cause any injuries. The Sun Herald states that the incident happened around 11 a.m. and involved four people, two of whom were not students.
Alford ranked No. 36 on the predraft BA 500. He was Mississippi's football player of the year as Petal High's quarterback and chose the Golden Eagles over other powerful programs like Louisiana State and Nebraska. In April, Alford indicated that he planned to attend Southern Miss to play football and baseball, but the Blue Jays took him in the third round and gave him a $750,000 bonus, though the deal allows him to continue playing college football.
Since signing with the Blue Jays, it's been a trying year for Alford. He played in five games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League before reporting to campus for football practice. He played in nine games, starting five, and completed 44.9 percent (57-for-127) of his passes for 664 yards while tossing four interception and two touchdown passes. He also ran for 329 yards and a team-high six TDs. However, the Golden Eagles went 0-12 and fired head coach Ellis Johnson after just one season. After Johnson was hired, he added Steve Buckley as his offensive coordinator. Buckley was Alford's head coach at Petal where they won a state championship in 2011. Buckley is still currently listed as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Golden Eagles.
When he's on a diamond, Alford is a 70 runner with plus power potential who helped Petal to a state title in 2011. His power-speed package and athleticism prompted the Jays' generous signing bonus that allowed him to also play college football. How long Alford will continue to play both sports remains to be seen.
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