AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin police say no arrests have been made in the case of an assault of a University of Mississippi student in downtown Austin.
According to family friends, UM student Carson Otter was in town forthe Ole Miss football game against the University of Texas and is now being treated for life-threatening injuries at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
A hospital spokesman says he can not confirm whether Otter is in their care.
KVUE Newshas learned family members are asking for prayers, according to Sparky Reardon, Ole Miss dean of students.
A spokesperson with the Austin Police Department says the victim hit his head on the ground during a downtown assault. It happened around 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of East 7th and Trinity streets.
Investigators say Otter waswalking and started to arguewith another man who was a passenger in a four-door, silver vehicle. The passenger exited thevehicle and punched Otter, who then fell to the ground and hit his head.
The attackergot back in hiscar and left the scene.
Witnesses say Otter exchanged words with occupants of a passing vehicle. Someone in the vehicle got out and punched Otter who then fell to the ground.
Family members say Otter is beingtreated for a brain injury.
The case is under investigation.
According to friends, Otter is from Bloomington, Indiana and is currently a senior at Ole Miss.
Carson s mother posted an update on her Facebook pageSunday saying, Today Carson was able to breathe on his own for a few hours, still on a ventilator but showing great signs.