Ole Miss Defensive Lineman Jerrell Powe Is Cited By Police And Says He Can't Read

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi defensive tackle Jerrell Powe has been cited by Oxford police for playing loud music after midnight in a weekend incident.

But it is his smart-aleck response to police that has head coach Houston Nutt fuming.

The Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported Wednesday that an Oxford police report showed that after he had received violation just after midnight on Sunday morning at his apartment, Powe told police he couldn't read.

Nutt said Powe was joking.

"Of course he can read, how do you think he's getting through college?" Nutt told the newspaper. "Now he just needs to learn to keep his mouth shut."

The 22-year-old Powe spent the better part of three years in an eligibility battle with the NCAA. In 2006, Powe filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss, seeking admission. Among the documents filed was a statement from his mother, Shirley Powe, that concluded with this: "Jerrell really is a good child, but he just can't read. Please give him this chance to attend Ole Miss."

Powe proved he could read. He was admitted to Ole Miss for the 2007-08 school year but wasn't allowed to play football until this past fall.

Police officer Zachary White said in the report that Powe "finally read the citation information and signed."

In the same incident, the report showed running back Enrique Davis was arrested for disorderly conduct. According to the report, Davis refused to comply with White's multiple requests to show identification.

White said Davis "kept walking" when asked to stop. White then grabbed Davis' left elbow to try and stop him, but he pulled away, so the officer put him up against the stairwell and placed him under custody for failure to comply, according to the police report.

Davis was taken into custody while Powe was not. Davis was released on cash bail Sunday morning.

Nutt said discipline for both players would be handled internally.

As a backup defensive tackle last fall, Powe was credited with eight tackles, including 3-1/2 for losses, and one interception.

The 6-foot-3 defensive tackle played at 350 pounds last season, but has dropped about 20 pounds since the Rebels' Cotton Bowl win in January.

Davis rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

http://www.clarionledger.com

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