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Former Ole Miss DB Anthony Alford promoted to Toronto Blue Jays

Anthony Alford
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A former top recruit in the SEC with past experience at quarterback just got called up to the majors — and it’s not Tim Tebow.

Former Ole Miss defensive back Anthony Alford was promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, the latest player to make the jump from SEC football to the big leagues in baseball.

Alford, who transferred to Ole Miss from Southern Miss in 2013, played in the secondary at the start of 2014 before leaving the program to pursue baseball full-time. He tallied six career tackles at the school.

A four-star recruit from Petal (Miss.) High, Alford played quarterback in the U.S. Army All-American Game. He originally signed with Southern Miss and led the Golden Eagles with 664 passing yards in 2012, but left the program after his arrest in connection with a fight that November.

With the Blue Jays, Alford is considered a high-level prospect. Baseball America currently ranks Alford, 22, as the organization’s second-best prospect and the 34th-best in the minors, and he was batting .325 with three home runs and nine stolen bases at Class AA New Hampshire.

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