OLE MISS

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss fans could find themselves cheering for the “A Team” – that’s A as in Seth Adams – this fall.

Quarterback was one of several questions left unanswered at the conclusion of spring drills.

Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron stopped short of naming Adams the starter, but the entire discussion is a 180-degree turn from this point last year. That’s when Orgeron had named junior college transfer Brent Schaeffer the starter before grade issues were resolved and long before Schaeffer reported to campus.

Adams is a lanky, 6-foot-4, 225-pound former walk-on.

Orgeron calls the competition open.

“Seth had a tremendous spring, and Brent is still a little inconsistent,” Orgeron said.

Consistency at quarterback could help an average receiver group impact the game more. The Rebels will get a spark there if sophomore Dexter McCluster returns to his pre-injury form and if junior college transfer A.J. Jackson makes it to campus. Both have the ability to make average quarterback play look better.

Also unanswered is the middle linebacker question. Someone has to fill the shoes of departed All-American and Butkus Award winner Patrick Willis. Sophomore Jonathan Cornell will get the first crack at that.

Willis’ replacement, however, may not yet be on campus. The job could go to Tony Fein or Lamar Brumfield, junior college transfers who are expected to report in August.