SEC notebook: Ole Miss’ Trae Elston to sit out first half vs. Texas A&M _lowres

Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss safety Trae Elston was suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against Texas A&M after kicking Alabama running back Kenyan Drake following a play during Saturday’s game.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze announced the suspension Monday. Southeastern Conference official Chuck Dunlap said the conference will take no further action.

Freeze said Elston made a “bad decision” on the play and “that’s not the way we want to go about things.”

Drake suffered a broken left leg on the play after being tackled and landing awkwardly. Elston’s foot swiped Drake after the play.

Drake has had surgery and is likely out for the season. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said it could be eight to 10 weeks before Drake can start trying to work his way back. He said tailback Derrick Henry suffered a similar injury in spring 2013.

Drake has run for 112 yards and a team-leading four touchdowns. He also has 159 yards and two scores on five receptions, including an 87-yarder against Florida.

Saban also said linebacker Denzel Devall had surgery for an ankle injury but could return in three or four weeks.

Center Ryan Kelly is likely out for a couple of weeks with a sprained knee.


NO LINE CHANGES PLANNED: Tennessee coach Butch Jones said he isn’t planning on making any lineup changes to an offensive line that has given up the most sacks in the SEC.

The Volunteers yielded six sacks Saturday as they fell 10-9 to Florida for their third consecutive loss. Tennessee has given up 18 sacks through the first five games of the year. Only seven of the nation’s 128 Football Bowl Subdivision schools are allowing more sacks per game.

“It is what it is,” Jones said. “Those are the five that we have. Those are the five we feel gives us the best opportunity on Saturdays, and we’re sticking with those five.”

Tennessee (2-3) replaced all five starters on last year’s offensive line and lost starting left tackle Jacob Gilliam to a torn ACL in the season opener. After going through different line combinations in each of Tennessee’s first three games, Jones said after a 34-10 loss to Oklahoma that he would stick with the five linemen who started that game.

Jones said he’s sticking with that combination even after Tennessee gave up its highest sack total of the season and rushed for only 29 yards on 28 carries against Florida. That starting line includes junior left tackle Kyler Kerbyson, junior left guard Marcus Jackson, junior center Mack Crowder, freshman right guard Jashon Robertson and freshman right tackle Coleman Thomas.

Tennessee figured to have problems on the line as it replaced a group from last year that included three players now on NFL rosters: Miami’s Ja’Wuan James, Kansas City’s Zach Fulton and Atlanta’s James Stone.


EX-PLAYER IN SERIOUS CONDITION: Kentucky said former player Brad Durham remains in serious condition following an accident at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

The school has not identified Durham as the person who fell from the upper deck to the lower deck in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats’ 45-38 victory over South Carolina.

The university has only stated that Durham is at UK Chandler Hospital and that an accident occurred at the stadium involving a young adult male.