Ole Miss lineman dies in car wreck

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze speaks with the officials before the start of The Grove Bowl on April 13 in Oxford, Miss. Show caption
Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze speaks with the officials before the start of The Grove Bowl on April 13 in Oxford, Miss.

EGYPT, Miss. — A member of the Ole Miss football team was killed Wednesday in a traffic accident in Chickasaw County, Miss.

The Highway Patrol said in a statement that 20-year-old Park Stevens of Columbus, Miss., was killed when his pickup collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler at Egypt Road and U.S. Highway 45A about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene.

The patrol said the accident is under investigation.

Ole Miss officials said Stevens joined the Rebels in the spring as a walk-on, transferring to Ole Miss after two seasons at East Central Community College. Stevens went through spring drills as a backup offensive tackle.

Coach Hugh Freeze posted on the Ole Miss Facebook page that the team’s thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens’ family and friends.

Driskel signs with Red Sox

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel could take a swing at another sport.

Driskel announced Thursday that he signed with the Boston Red Sox, who selected him in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft last month, but said he is committed to finishing his college career with the Gators and pursuing an NFL job.

Driskel said in a statement, “After my college football career is over I want to pursue a professional career in the NFL. If I ever decide I want to play baseball, I want to play with the Boston Red Sox who drafted me in the recent draft.”

Driskel has thrown for 1,794 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons, one as a full-time starter.

The junior from Orlando also set a single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (177).