Stanley thriving in Arena ball

From the Mother Ship, an interesting read this morning on former Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley, who left Ole Miss in the spring of 2011, is doing big things in Arena football with San Jose.

So is Odie Armstrong, a former Northeast Mississippi high school star.

This from the Mother Ship:

The only remaining unbeaten team in the Arena Football League, San Jose, is getting a boost from a couple of familiar names. Quarterback Nathan Stanley is a former Ole Miss player who finished his career at
Southeastern Louisiana. Running back Odie Armstrong, from Vardaman, is an AFL veteran who played at ICC. Stanley, 26, threw a career-high eight touchdowns and ran for another Saturday as San Jose (8-0) pounded Spokane 83-28 – the first 80-point game in the AFL this season. The week before, Stanley was named the AFL offensive player of the week after throwing seven TDs in his first start of the year. Armstrong, 33, ran for two TDs in the win, giving him 93 for his career – fifth on the AFL ’s all-time list. He joined San Jose last season after winning two Arena Bowl titles in three seasons with Arizona.

Stanley started the Jacksonville State game in 2010, yes that one, and helped lead the Rebels to a 31-10 lead with less than 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Jacksonville State rallied to win, the first sign that things weren’t in great shape with Ole Miss football as Houston Nutt tried to build on momentum from back-to-back Cotton Bowls in 2008 and 2009.

Stanley, in competition with one-year transfer Jeremiah Masoli, didn’t hold the job.

Here’s more blast from the past. Those touchdown passes went to Melvin Harris, Jesse Grandy and Markeith Summers. Like Stanley, Harris and Grandy would eventually transfer from the program.

Here’s the box score from that Jacksonville State game.

Stanley, a Rivals three-star prospect out of Oklahoma when he signed with Ole Miss, would eventually finish his career on a high note at Southeastern Louisiana.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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