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Ex-Vanderbilt football player charged in rape playing at another school


A former Vanderbilt University football player charged in an on-campus rape is now playing football for another school.

Je Kel Smith, Director of Sports Information at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, confirmed wide receiver Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie played in Saturday's game at Mississippi State.

Smith could not say when McKenzie transferred to the university or when he began practicing with the team but said he was cleared to play.

McKenzie was not listed on the team roster on the school's Web site early Thursday, but has since been added and was included in a game recap.  

The recap read, "Transfer Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie saw his first action as a Brave on kickoff return recording 80 yards on three returns."

McKenzie, a redshirt freshman, was removed from Vanderbilt's football team and kicked out of the university on June 29, six days after a 21-year-old unconscious female student was allegedly raped in the Gillette House dormitory on campus.

McKenzie's former teammates, Brandon Banks, Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, are also charged in the crime.

All are free on bond and scheduled to appear in a Davidson County courtroom on October 16.

Alcorn State lost to Mississippi State 51-7 in Saturday's game.

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