By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The starting quarterback question may for Ole Miss may be answered by the middle of this week.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze says he will, “probably decide somewhere around Wednesday who will take the first series.”
Junior college transfer Bo Wallace and junior Barry Brunetti, who started two games last year, have battled for the job since the beginning of spring drills.
When one is named the starter it only means that he has the first chance to impress. Freeze has said that both will play and that whoever has the hot hand will play the most.
“I’ve thought about that, and if I’m named the starter I plan on scoring every drive. I think that’s really important. If you’re scoring every drive he’s probably not going to take you out,” Wallace said.
Freeze says he considers the quarterbacks to be “co-No. 1s.”
Nothing has changed in the criteria he will use to determine playing time.
“No. 1 protect the football, No. 2 keep us on schedule, No. 3 be able to function in tempo and have productive drives,” he said.
Last year Arkansas State ranked No. 16 in passing offense (293.62 ypg), No. 24 in total offense (447.85 ypg) and No. 31 in scoring offense (32.46 ppg).
No word on TE Mosley
The playing status of tight end Jamal Mosley remains unclear.
Following his late-summer arrest, Freeze announced that Mosley was suspended indefinitely. He’s since given the player a list of objectives to achieve, and says Mosley, who has practiced the entire month, has made progress.
“Our staff has been out every day checking classes and tutors, and we’re going to see if he continues to do everything the right way … along with others. He’s done everything we’ve asked to this point, but I’m not going to jump the gun on it,” Freeze said.
Mosley is listed second on the depth chart behind Ferbia Allen.
The secondary was the position group hit hardest by injuries this month with starters Wesley Pendleton (knee) and Charles Sawyer (quad) and reserve Cliff Coleman (knee) all missing time.
Pendleton and Sawyer are expected back at practice today, but their availability for the game will be determined in large part how they feel after Wednesday’s practice.
Pendleton and Sawyer are listed as starters on the first depth chart.
Running back Jeff Scott (concussion, back) has missed a great deal of time too and will face the same routine. How he handles practice will determine how much he’s used in the game.
“If he’s not taking reps by Wednesday his time will be very limited,” Freeze said.