Ducre Cleared to Play

Mississippi State received word Monday that transfer running back Christian Ducre's appeal for 2006 eligibility has been granted by the NCAA.

Ducre has been practicing with the Bulldogs since his admission the first week of August, while awaiting action on his appeal to play immediately without sitting out the standard transfer season. Ducre, a freshman from Fontainbleau High School in Mandeville, La., left after one year at Tulane University when his major was dropped by the New Orleans school. He redshirted as a true freshman at Tulane.

Ducre has practiced at both halfback, where early in camp he ran as high as #3; and on kickoff return teams in both deep-back and up-back roles. The last week before the season began he dropped on the depth chart because his playing status was uncertain.

With his appeal finally granted by the NCAA committee that reviews such procedures, Christian Ducre can resume competing for a spot on the dress-out roster. He will still have to work to get past starting halfback Brandon Thornton, top backup Anthony Dixon, Arnil Stallworth, and Derek Ambrose among others. But his ability to contribute on special teams gives Ducre an excellent chance to be in uniform this weekend when Mississippi State hosts Auburn.

Mississippi State resumes on-field practices for Saturday's game Tuesday afternoon.

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