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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State freshman quarterback Omarr Conner and defensive lineman Kamau Jackson are awaiting separate rulings from the NCAA to determine their status for the upcoming season.
Mississippi State requested an NCAA review of Conner's ACT after he raised his score five points or more.
"We do that routinely. Anybody who improves five or more points we routinely review the score," associate athletic director David Boles said last week.
Meanwhile, the NCAA has ruled Jackson, who transferred to Mississippi State from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 2001, is out of eligibility. Mississippi State is asking the NCAA, through the Southeastern Conference, to grant Jackson one more season, Bulldogs compliance director Bracky Brett said.
Conner has been practicing with the team and grabbing the attention of coach Jackie Sherrill.
"We have to find a place for Omarr to play," Sherrill said.
The 6-foot, 199-pound Conner had a spectacular senior season at Noxubee County High School, throwing for 3,443 yards and running for 703 more.
Boles said he expects the NCAA to approve Conner's grades, but would like to have a decision soon just in case the score is ruled invalid.
If the NCAA invalidates the score Conner could remain in school as a non-qualifier, though he would not be allowed to play and would lose a year of eligibility. The Southeastern Conference allows its members to accept two non-qualifiers per year.
A non-qualifier can earn back the year of eligibility by performing well in the classroom during his remaining three years.
There are two other options for Conner if his score doesn't stand up. He could retake the ACT, but by the time he did that, he'd miss this season, Boles said. Or he could go to junior college.
Boles said Mississippi State usually asks for two or three reviews of college entrance exam scores per year.
Jackson's situation doesn't appear to be quite as promising for Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-1, 276-pound tackle from Georgia came to Mississippi State thinking he could play three seasons for the Bulldogs.
Jackson played one game during his first season at Co-Lin in 1999, then left school for personal reasons. He returned to Co-Lin, was granted a redshirt year by the National Junior College Athletic Association and played the next season.
The NCAA informed Jackson and Mississippi State last spring that it did not accept the redshirt season at Co-Lin.
Brett called the NCAA's ruling unusual. He said he could not predict the outcome of the SEC's discussions with the NCAA on Jackson.
Jackson played in 12 games last season, starting six. He had 47 tackles and a sack. He is listed as a starter on the team's depth chart at defensive tackle and has been attending practice in Starkville, though not participating. The Bulldogs open their season at home Aug. 30 against Oregon.
"The commissioner's office is working to get the matter resolved as quickly as possible," Brett said. "He knows we are on a tight schedule with practice already underway."
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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