LORMAN, Miss. -- Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson said former Vanderbilt player Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie is playing football for the Braves because he believes the freshman is "100 percent innocent" of the rape charges he faces in Nashville, Tenn.
McKenzie, 19, and three other former Vanderbilt players are charged with raping an unconscious Vanderbilt student at a campus dormitory in June. The four were dismissed from the university June 29.
"If I ever find anything or if I can get any proof that he is guilty, he will be suspended from our football team," Hopson told The Associated Press on Thursday. "From everything I've gotten, from every resource, this kid is 100 percent innocent."
McKenzie, who is from Woodville, Miss., returned three kickoffs for 80 yards against Mississippi State last weekend in a 51-7 loss.
The story of McKenzie playing at Alcorn State was first reported by The Nashville Post.
Hopson said he is aware that McKenzie ...