Jackson, Jones Suspended

Sophomore football players Delvin Jones and Clarence Jackson were suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt confirmed to the Ole Miss Spirit Friday afternoon.

Jones and Jackson were each named in a recent Oxford crime report after the two were arrested for public drunk by Anderson of University of police at 3:40 a.m. Friday morning.

Jones and Jackson were held in the Lafayette County Detention Center as of 1 p.m. this afternoon, according to the report.

"Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules," Nutt said in the statement.

Jones and Jackson were both suspended at different points last season. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Jackson of Atlanta, Ga., played in four games, posting two solo tackles, prior to his suspension for a burglary arrest.

He returned to the team for spring practices in April, and was elevated to the first team at linebacker by spring's end after injuries sidelined starters Joel Kight and D.T. Shackelford, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will likely miss the 2011 season.

"'Jack' took over (a starting position) and came up with an outstanding spring. Clarence is a productive playmaker and showed signs of being the real deal," Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said of Jackson upon the conclusion of spring practices.

Jones, a defensive end from Miami, Fla., missed the final two games of the Rebels' 4-8 season for his involvement in an undisclosed incident that resulted in the dismissal of fellow freshman Tony Grimes, a cornerback. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Jones recorded two tackles in the Grove Bowl.

"He's a good edge rusher, but he's got to get better," defensive line coach Terry Price said of Jones in a previous interview with the Ole Miss Spirit.


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