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Brunetti In The Mix At Ole Miss, But Why Are The Rebels Scrambling At QB Again?

I blame Jevan Snead.

I blame him for the merry-go-round that’s become the Ole Miss quarterback situation.  Nathan Stanley to Jeremiah Masoli back to Stanley and/or Randall Mackey to whoever’s next wouldn’t have been half as crazy had Snead simply stayed at Ole Miss for his senior season.

Following a disappointing junior year, Snead surprisingly departed Oxford for the NFL sugarplums that danced in his head.  Unfortunately for Snead, NFL personnel men saw 20 junior-season interceptions when they looked at tape of him… not sugarplums.

Snead went undrafted, signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent, and was then promptly cut.  Now he’s back with Tampa Bay.  Just not with the Buccaneers.  He signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League earlier this week. 

By leaving early, Snead opened the door for his backup Stanley to take over the QB role in Oxford last season.  Incoming transfer Randall Mackey was expected to compete for reps as well.

But Houston Nutt never put his full trust in Stanley.  And Mackey turned out to be more of an athlete than a quarterback.  As the season drew near, Nutt sullied his reputation by chasing, landing and playing dismissed Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

With Masoli’s rent-a-player year done, it was expected that Stanley would get the first shot at the Rebels’ quarterback job in 2011.  Mackey would somehow be in the running, too.  Ditto recent juco signee Zack Stoudt. 

Well now you can add former West Virginia quarterback Barry Brunetti to the mix.  Maybe.

According to Kyle Veazey of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Brunetti said that he had a “good meeting” with Nutt in his family’s Memphis home last night.  But he said he still isn’t sure where he’ll transfer now that he’s leaving Morgantown after a single season.  Memphis and Arkansas State are two other options. 

A car accident involving his mother may lead the NCAA to grant Brunetti a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately at his new school this fall.

Currently, the Rebels have three quarterbacks to choose from.  If they land Brunetti, there would be four options.

But if Snead had stayed for his senior year, he might have rebounded from a bad junior year and improved his own draft stock.  And Ole Miss might have had more time to plan ahead for its 2011 quarterback situation.

Oh, who am I kidding? 

Nutt’s the coach.  It’s his job to sign and develop quarterbacks.  Whether Snead left early in Spring 2010 or not, the Rebels shouldn’t be scrambling for a quarterback for the second year in a row.

Sorry, Reverend.  I tried.  But this mess is on you.




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