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Injured Ole Miss DB Ruffin quits team

Posted: Tuesday August 12, 2003 1:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 12, 2003 1:30 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi defensive back Jeremy Ruffin, who was expected to compete for a starting spot this season, has left the team.

Ruffin did not attend the Rebels' practice Monday. He had been sidelined for nearly a week with an injured ankle.

Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe confirmed Ruffin had left the team, but declined to elaborate on why.

Ruffin, a sophomore, has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety played in 12 games as a true freshman last season. He finished with 17 tackles, including eight solo stops, and a pass deflection while splitting time on the special teams and in the defensive backfield.

Ruffin was expected to battle for playing time at strong safety with projected starter Kelvin Robinson, but the ankle injury foiled those plans.

He missed spring practice after having offseason surgery on his foot.

Ruffin was among five Ole Miss football players placed on university probation for their roles in the unauthorized use of an athletic department staffer's long-distance telephone access code.

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