By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Having digested the video from last Saturday’s scrimmage, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has a plan for his quarterbacks.
He just didn’t announce it Tuesday when the Rebels resumed practice after a break Monday for the first day of classes.
The reason for the delay is not a coaching ploy. Nutt is waiting for the NCAA to rule on the status of Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli.
“I really know what I want to do. I’ve got to wait on the NCAA and see how everything plays out,” he said.
The university has filed the request for the NCAA to waive its rule that transfer reside at their new institution for one academic year before competing. The NCAA has granted the waiver in similar cases previously.
It has not, however, given a final word in the case of Masoli, who was dismissed from the Oregon team in June after his second run-in with the law in six months. Following a whirlwind courtship in the summer, he was admitted to graduate school at Ole Miss.
There is no indication on when an NCAA ruling may come.
Until the final word is received, sophomore Nathan Stanley is considered first team. Masoli appears to be the second-team quarterback and junior college transfer Randall Mackey the third, though Nutt has talked about them together in public comments.
After the scrimmage Nutt said he intended to whittle down his quarterback race this week to start preparing two quarterbacks to play, one of them Stanley.
He may very well be working two quarterbacks extensively, but the team portion of practice is no longer open.
If Masoli is not ruled eligible, the third-team quarterback would likely be walk-on Evan Ingram.
In other news
– Starting free safety Fon Ingram, a senior, will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday. He is expected to return in four weeks, possibly less.
In the absence of Ingram, junior college transfer Damien Jackson moved from backup strong safety to No. 1 free safety. Freshman Brishen Matthews moved from third team to second team behind Jackson.
– Redshirt freshman Terrell Grant, who had been in competition to become the fourth safety, has been moved back to wide receiver. Nutt said the position fits Grant’s personality better.
– The Rebels picked up two more verbal commitments Tuesday for the 2011 signing class. Offensive lineman Aaron Morris (6-5, 310), a Rivals four-star prospect from Jackson Callaway and tight end Jamal Mosley (6-4, 250) of Northwest Community College announced for Ole Miss.