By Parrish Alford / NEMS Daily Journal
The Ole Miss football roster in place as the Rebels begin August camp today is quite different from the one at the conclusion of spring drills.
There were four notable moves – one in, two out and one that involved a little bit of both.
The addition of former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has grabbed the headlines of late, his presence made necessary in late July when redshirt freshman QB Raymond Cotton announced his intention to transfer.
Cotton’s departure left the Rebels with two scholarship quarterbacks, Stanley, with roughly 60 snaps to his credit, and junior college transfer Randall Mackey with none.
Masoli was 20-6 as a two-year starter at Oregon. He was dismissed after two run-ins with the law in a six-month span, and his arrival has brought attention – much of it unflattering – to the Ole Miss program.
Nutt also dismissed a player this summer, sophomore wide receiver Pat Patterson. Rated as one of the nation’s top wide receivers out of high school two years ago, Patterson was suspended for spring drills. He appeared to have worked his way back into good standing when he was dismissed for an undisclosed team rules violation.
The fourth move of interest involved former South Panola standout Darius “Tig” Barksdale, a safety who was also suspended for spring drills.
Barksdale worked his way back into good standing, but on Saturday it was announced that he was “no longer a member of the Rebel football squad so he can address personal issues.”
Though blessed with great athleticism, Barksdale did not practice with the team as a true freshman last year because of an undisclosed medical condition. He had been away from organized football since he played at prep school two year ago.