SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss’ depth at quarterback took a hit Saturday morning when Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt announced that redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton was leaving the team.The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cotton had been mulling over a decision to stay with the Rebels or transfer. Nutt talked about Cotton Friday morning just before his stop at the podium at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days. He hoped that Cotton would decide to stay and was hopefully that his parents, who flew to Oxford to visit with Cotton on Thursday, would convince him to remain at the school and compete for the starting quarterback position this fall.
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. Cotton was heavily recruited out of Fort Meade, Md., throwing for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 668 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season. Cotton’s departure now leaves the Rebels with two quarterbacks on scholarship heading into the 2010 season.
For the release on Cotton, visit www.olemisssports.com. (July 24, 2010)