Nutt spoke about the former Oregon quarterback for the first time Friday as the Rebels reported for training camp. Masoli will join the team as a walk-on and can play this season if the NCAA approves a waiver request.
Nutt says he wasn't convinced he could trust Masoli until he brought him to campus last weekend and looked him in the eye. Masoli was thought to be a Heisman Trophy candidate before Oregon coach Chip Kelly kicked him off the team after his second brush with the law in six months.
The Rebels became interested in Masoli after losing backup quarterback Raymond Cotton, who transferred to South Alabama just two weeks before preseason practice began. That left Nutt thin at quarterback and more willing to gamble that Masoli can be trusted to stay out of trouble.
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