Mississippi Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze’s headache filled off-season continues as two players-safety Trae Elston and wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow- were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a Thursday morning altercation. No further details were released regarding the incident, and the school is yet to comment on what exactly occurred that morning.
Over the last three seasons, Elston has started 32 games for the Rebels and has been one of the defensive stalwarts that has helped solidify the back end of the secondary. In 2014, Elston racked up 59 tackles and an interception, making him one of the team’s most invaluable players. Although the arrest may not impact his playing time at Mississippi, it could persuade potential NFL suitors from selecting Elston once he makes his leap to the NFL.
On the other hand, Stringfellow’s status may be most affected by the arrest. He’s had several run-ins with the law, including two arrests due to assault. Those charges eventually led to Stringfellow and the Washington Huskies to go in separate ways.
After sitting out last season due to transfer rules, Stringfellow was expected to play a major role in the Rebels offense, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will get the chance to prove himself on the field. Coach Freeze and the athletic department will likely allow the case to unravel before making any rash decisions regarding the duo. However, it’s unknown when the information surrounding the case will be released.
After ascending to an 7-0 record and No. 3 ranking, the Rebels limped to the finish line of the 2014 season, having dropped four of their final six contests of the season. Elson and Stringfellow were both expected to play major roles during the 2015 campaign, but another off-the-field issue could prevent a duo of talented players from ever reaching their potential.
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