Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, one of four former Vanderbilt football players currently facing multiple felony indictments in an alleged on-campus rape, resumed his college football career Saturday. And he did so at a Southeastern Conference stadium.
McKenzie returned three kickoffs for 80 yards and caught one pass for four yards for Alcorn State in a 51-7 loss to Mississippi State at Starkville.
The redshirt-freshman wide receiver is not on the roster posted at the school’s athletics website but was listed as No. 11 in the official statistics from Saturday’s contest. A game recap posted on the website Monday included the following item:
Transfer Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie saw his first action as a Brave on kickoff return recording 80 yards on three returns. McKenzie is a transfer from Vanderbilt University.
With that performance, he already leads the team in kickoff returns and kickoff return yards.
McKenzie, from Natchez, Miss., was indicted along with three others on Aug. 9. All four were suspended from school and the team on June 29, six days after the alleged attack. He was arrested Aug. 10 and released on a $50,000 bond.
Following spring workouts, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder was expected to compete for playing time at wide receiver this fall. He led all players with 83 receiving yards on four catches in Vanderbilt’s spring game.
McKenzie’s father, Shedrick McKenzie, played basketball at Alcorn State.