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Player in Vandy rape case back on football field

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Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of the four former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping an unconscious student last summer is back on the football field, the Channel 4 I-Team has learned.

Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie is on the Alcorn State 2014 football roster, despite five counts of aggravated rape against him.

The wide receiver is listed as a redshirt sophomore who formerly played at Vanderbilt. According to the roster, he played last Saturday.

Pictures posted to Facebook as recently as last Sunday showed McKenzie in his uniform as an Alcorn State Brave.

A video posted to Instagram five months ago reportedly shows McKenzie dancing at a Mississippi McDonald's wearing a Vanderbilt jersey.

McKenzie is one of four former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping an unconscious woman in a campus dorm last summer.

He also played for Alcorn State last year, but only for one game. In September, the university's president at the time issued a strongly worded statement announcing that McKenzie had been kicked off the team.

The president also cited campus safety concerns as one of the reasons McKenzie was pulled from the roster. The president requested a review by the Alcorn Campus Police Department and a criminal history report for the campus and surrounding area.

When the Channel 4 I-Team asked Alcorn State what had changed in that time, causing the university to reverse its decision, the university said, "Alcorn State University has decided that Jaborian McKenzie, a student since 2013, will compete as a student-athlete on the 2014 Braves football team."

The I-Team also reached out to McKenzie's attorney, but he did not respond by deadline. The I-Team also contact the District Attorney's office about this story, but they said they do not have anything to say about it.

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