By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey, in a tight battle for the starting job along with Zack Stoudt and Barry Brunetti, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after an incident at the Lyric Theatre shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, Oxford police said.
After Tuesday’s practice, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Mackey will be suspended for the Sept. 3 opener against BYU and that Brunetti will be the starter. Stoudt will also play, Nutt said.
“Randall Mackey will not play the first game,” Nutt said. “I’m still looking into everything.”
Also arrested on a disorderly conduct charge was Justin L. Shaw.
“It was a typical case of disorderly conduct – fighting,” Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said.
The arrest report shows that officers responded to a fight. Upon attempting to break up the fight, officer Hildon Sessums was struck by Mackey. Mackey indicated “he was pushed” into Sessums, the report said.
Mackey has a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 14.
Martin told The Associated Press that officers did not feel Mackey purposely hit Sessums. If they had, more serious charges would have been filed.
Mackey did not attend the Rebels’ Tuesday practice. He was in class, as was tailback Enrique Davis, who also did not attend, Nutt said.
Players had the day off Monday, and some of them were at The Lyric.
“Some were trying to leave before curfew,” Nutt said. “We have disciplined the ones that are supposed to be disciplined.”
That includes tight end Jamal Mosely, who was arrested early Sunday morning on a public drunkeness charge, Nutt said.
Nutt said Mackey was not drinking but became involved in a fight.
Saturday night after the second scrimmage of August camp, Nutt proclaimed his quarterback race too close to call and said the competition would continue.
All three have brought different strengths to the table, Stoudt considered the best pure passer, Brunetti the best option quarterback and Mackey, who does good things in both departments and brings speed the others don’t possess.
All three are transfers, Stoudt from Iowa Western Community College, Brunetti from West Virginia where he appeared in four games last year. He was granted a waiver of the NCAA one-year residency requirement in the spring.
Mackey was a junior college All-American at East Mississippi Community College two years ago. He was in the quarterback competition last year too but was redshirted when transfer Jeremiah Masoli won the job.
Mackey threw for 3,122 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore at East Mississippi.
“He got into a fight, like a lot of y’all might have done in college,” Nutt said. “But the bottom line that I tell them, even though there might have been 50 other arrests. Your arrest is headlines. Walk away. Turn the other cheek. It’s tough to do, but we preach that all the time.”