SCOOBA, Miss. -- As a freshman at Ole Miss, Nickolas Brassell saved his best game of the season for the Univeristy of Alabama. He finished with four catches for 101 yards. It was his only 100-yard receiving game of the year, but UA won easily, 52-7.
On Saturday, Ole Miss will travel to Tuscaloosa for a rematch with the Crimson Tide, but this year, Brassell won’t be suiting up for the Rebels.
The Batesville, Miss., native transferred to East Mississippi Community College in May after losing his academic eligibility at Ole Miss. With a brand new perspective, he’s now working to get back to where he was, playing football in the SEC.
“My whole goal is to come down here, really just focus and try to change my ways,” Brassell said. “I’ve got to put forth the effort in the classroom that I do on the football field.
“I look at it that everything happens for a reason. God put me in a place like this with people like this to get me better. I just look at it that way. I think I’ve grown a lot.”
At this point, Brassell says Ole Miss is the only school that stays in regular contact. The plan is for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete, who played both ways for the Rebels, to return to Oxford in December when his grades are back in order.
“It’s a big possibility to go back there,” Brassell said. “My plan was to leave and come back in December. I feel like we started something, and we’ve got to finish together. I’m just looking at how their season is this year.”
However, other schools began to show interest when they found out Brassell was enrolled in a junior college. He’s already heard from major programs like Alabama, Texas and USC since he transferred.
Coming out of high school, Alabama was among Brassell’s finalists before he ultimately signed with Ole Miss, and he still remains interested in the Tide’s program.
“Alabama is a great school,” Brassell said. “I looked at them out of high school a lot. I stayed at Ole Miss because it was a little closer to home.”
When the two SEC West foes clash on Saturday, Brassell will be watching from home, but he’s hoping to be on one side or the other come this time next year.