AUBURN, Ala. — The girlfriend of an Auburn University football player who was fatally shot says he was arguing with someone at a party when a third person opened fire.

Seventeen-year-old Ayanna Hughuley told The Associated Press that the third man “just started shooting” redshirted freshman Jakell Lenard Mitchell early Sunday at an off-campus apartment complex.

She said Mitchell fell on the ground, tried to get up and run, then fell again. She said the other man started shooting Mitchell again while he was on the ground.

The apartment complex where the shooting took place was the same one where two former football players and a third man were slain in 2012.

Auburn police on Sunday afternoon arrested 22-year-old Markale Deandra Hart of Camp Hill, Alabama, on murder charges.


Three freshmen planning to transfer: In Knoxville, Tenn., tight end Daniel Helm, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and running back Derrell Scott have decided to transfer from Tennessee.

Coach Butch Jones said after Sunday’s practice that the three freshmen would be looking to continue their careers at other schools. Jones said “We thank them for everything they have given to Tennessee and wish them the best in moving forward.”

Helm, who is from Chatham, Illinois, caught six passes for 37 yards this year while playing in all 12 regular-season games and making two starts. Scott played in two games and had 11 carries for 40 yards. Hendrix played seven games and made two tackles.

Missouri State

Missouri coordinator Steckel named coach: In Springfield, Mo., Missouri State has hired Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel as its head coach.

The 57-year-old Steckel is a long-time aide of Gary Pinkel and replaces Terry Allen, who was 37-64 in nine seasons and 4-8 last season. The school announced last month that it would not renew Allen’s contract, set to expire at the end of January.

Steckel was on the sideline for Missouri practice earlier Sunday in preparation for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and left the field without talking with reporters. Players and other assistants said they knew nothing official.

Kansas State

Police arrest backuip DT Clinkscales: In Manhattan, Kan., authorities say Kansas State backup defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales has been arrested on a failure to appear in court warrant and suspicion of witness/victim intimidation.

Riley County Police Sgt. Scott Hajek says officers arrested Clinkscales around 4 a.m. Sunday at a local apartment.

in Manhattan, but he said he couldn’t comment further on what led to the arrest. Clinkscales was released on $2,000 bond. Clinkscales didn’t immediately respond to an email that The Associated Press sent to his university account.

The Chicago native transferred to Kansas State from Dodge City Community College. In his first season with the Wildcats, the junior has played in seven games and made two tackles.

Kansas State sports information director Kenny Lannou didn’t immediately respond to an email or phone message.