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Writer: Mackey Is The Clear QB Leader At UM

Randall Mackey emerged from last weekend’s scrimmage with what was believed to be a slight lead in Ole Miss’ quarterback competition — ahead of Nathan Stanley, Barry Brunetti and Zack Stoudt.

Houston Nutt praised Mackey for overcoming a speech impediment that plagued him last season.  But he didn’t give Mackey the nod as a starter.  Not yet anyway.

Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal believes that could change at some point:

On Saturday we huddled as a small group of media in the west side stands in a cooperative stat-keeping effort.  When the scrimmage ended a gentleman walked by and said, “Boys, it ain’t even close.”

I tend to agree, and the eyes tell me the leader is clearly Randall Mackey.

Alford also points out that new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Lee has “heaped high praise on Mackey from Day 1.”  Alford sounds so sure of Mackey’s advantage in the quarterback derby that he think Brunetti — a transfer from West Virginia — might be better off dropping the hardship request he’s made to the NCAA.

If the “competition” maintains its current course, it might be in the best interests of Brunetti and the program to disregard the waiver request and take the redshirt.  That way Ole Miss could set itself up for a mobile, play-making starter for two years beyond Mackey.

For the record, Mackey wasn’t expected to be the guy in Oxford this year.  Most — ourselves included — expected the former juco transfer to use his athleticism at receiver or in UM’s Wild Rebel package.

But if the reports coming out of Mississippi are to be believed, Mackey might be on the field a whole lot more than expected this fall.


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