SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Prior to his debut at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton has not made a definite decision regarding his status with the team.
Nutt added that he remained hopeful the situation would be resolved soon with Cotton opting to remain with Ole Miss.Earlier this week rumors began to surface that Cotton was frustrated with a number of issues on the team and was considering transferring.
During his time at the podium, Nutt termed what Cotton was going through as “freshmanitis.”
Senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett, who is also in Hoover, Ala., for Media Days, sounded off on the situation as well.
“I haven’t talked to Raymond, but first off a guy has really got to want to be here,” Lockett said. “If he wants to be here, there is only so much you can tell him. If he doesn’t want to be here then he’s not going to perform if he is (on the field) or not. If he wants to be a Rebel, be a Rebel and we’re all for it.
“But he’s got to be 100 percent.”
In the annual Grove Bowl spring game, Cotton completed 5 of 7 passes for 178 yards and two scores despite rehabbing from a torn labrum.
BIG-TIME RECRUIT: Cotton (6-foot-4, 225-pounds) was a highly recruited quarterback who redshirted last season behind Nathan Stanley and Jevan Snead.
As a senior in high school, Cotton passed for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 668 yards and nine touchdowns.
Should Cotton opt to transfer, Stanley and junior college transfer Randall Mackey would be the Rebels’ only scholarship quarterbacks. (July 23, 2010)