BLOG: The Ole Miss football Rebels held their first scrimmage of the Spring earlier today at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.Under clear skies the Rebels’ scrimmage lasted just over 100 plays and resulted in two touchdowns, not that scores are exactly what the Rebel coaching staff was looking for…
The topic of the off-season, for the second-straight off-season, is of course the quarterback position.
One year ago Jevan Snead shocked Ole Miss with the announcement that he was throwing his name into the National Football League Draft.
This spring, the Rebels are looking to replace former Oregon Duck Jeremiah Masoli and have four signal callers leading the way. As such, their combined 21-for-46 performance today was charted very closely. Below are the results:
-Nathan Stanley completed his first two passes for 14 yards and then missed on his next seven attempts until his final pass was completed to Devin Thomas… for negative-3 yards.
-Randall Mackey completed 4 of 7 passes for 41 yards and found Korvic Neat alone in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard score.
-Barry Brunetti completed 5 of 8 passes for 79 yards, including a 4-yard TD to Melvin Harris in single coverage to the left of the formation. He also threw an interception to Frank Crawford in the end zone.
-Zack Stoudt completed 6 of 13 passes for 43 yards and also threw an interception.
(Reserves Robert Ratliff and Evan Ingram completed 3 of 8 passes for 64 yards. Rising-senior running back Brandon Bolden also had one pass fall incomplete.)
Following the scrimmage head coach Houston Nutt said he thought the quarterbacks “had their moments” and that Mackey stood out. He added that both Stoudt and Brunetti “made some good throws.” No in-depth mention of how Stanley did… read into that how you’d like.
Offensive coordinator David Lee had similar thoughts on the performance of the four main QBs, saying Mackey and Brunetti stood out the most to him without going back and studying film.
“I haven’t looked at the tape or graded it, but that’s just my initial observation,” he said.
DOMINANT DORSEY: Rising-senior defensive end Wayne Dorsey stood out on defense for the Rebels and was constantly in the offensive backfield during the scrimmage.
“With (Kentrell Lockett) not being out here it’s pretty much on me,” he said. “I put it on my shoulders and I guess everyone else does as well. Being a senior, I have to make it happen.”
Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix liked what he saw from the senior.
“He got on the edge a couple of times. I saw him flush Randall Mackey out of the pocket a couple of times,” he said. “It seemed like Wayne is stepping it up a little bit. He is becoming more of the guy we expected him to be a year ago and maybe this is his time.”
According to Nix, the following players also stood out: Joel Kight, Clarence Jackson and Ralph Williams.
-Terrell Grant 3/24/0
-Brandon Bolden 2/18/0
-Devin Thomas 2/0/0
-Philander Moore 2/29
-Melvin Harris 3/45/1
-Jack Nuismer 1/36/0
-Ferbia Allen 3/35/0
-Ja-Mes Logan 1/6/0
-Vincent Sanders 1/8/0
-Brian Morris 1/7
-Jordan Holder 1/21
-Korvic Neat 1/9/1
-Brandon Bolden 3/10/0
-Nathan Stanley 4/-27/0
-Devin Thomas 6/23/0
-Barry Brunetti 4/3/0
-Jeff Scott 5/60/0
-Enrique Davis 12/50/0
-H.R. Greer 2/11/0
-Nick Parker 5/6/0
-Randall Mackey 4/12/0
-Zack Stoudt 1/-5/0
-D’Lyle Washington 3/18/0
-Evan Ingram 1/5/0
-Eric Deitz 1/0/0
-Bryson Rose 4/4 (41, 44, 40, 47). PAT.
-David Hankins 0/2 (37, 58)
-Andrew Ritter 0/1 (38
-Frank Crawford (1)
-Abdul Bangura (1)
Look for more from today’s scrimmage in Monday’s print edition of the EAGLE. (April 2, 2011)