(VIDEO) BLOG: On Tuesday, the media met with transfer quarterback Barry Brunetti for the first time.
Below are his thoughts regarding his appeal to the NCAA to play right away and how he views the quarterback situation at Ole Miss:
WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM BRUNETTI:
—One of Brunetti’s best friends at Ole Miss is hoops star and fellow Memphis native Reginald Buckner, whom Brunetti said he’s known since he was four. He said he also knows rising sophomore receiver Ja-Mes Logan.
—Where’s the waiver process with the NCAA? Brunetti said they’re “still working on it” and that it will be submitted soon. He predicted he won’t know the NCAA’s ruling until after spring drills are done. He added that he’s “working like I’m playing this year, not even thinking about (the appeal).”
—With two new QBs joining upperclassmen Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey, and a new QB coach in David Lee, Brunetti said it’s going to be who can grab on to the offense the fastest and who can be the vocal leader of the team that’s going to have the advantage.
—Like Zack Stoudt, Brunetti said he’s looking to get bigger and stronger. He added that he’s also working on footwork and also being under center, as opposed to being in the shotgun formation.
—What happens if he doesn’t get cleared by the NCAA: “It won’t kill me. I still have three years left no matter what happens. I’ll just be a vocal leader on the sidelines instead of on the field.”
Brunetti is described as a dual-threat QB that will be able to make plays on the run. He was considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks coming out of high school at Memphis University School. Brunetti spent last season at West Virginia before transferring to Ole Miss in January.
Like a lot of Ole Miss’ athletes, Brunetti can be found on Twitter.com at Twitter.com/beau_11.
Spring drills officially begin for Ole Miss on March 28. (February 17, 2011)