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Rebels wrap up second scrimmage

BLOG — Ole Miss’ second football scrimmage is officially in the books and despite it lasting approximately 100 plays, coaches appear to be no closer to naming the starter at quarterback.In a scrimmage head coach Houston Nutt thought would go a long way to deciding which players at each position would start the season opener against BYU, Nutt was still undecided about the QB starter immediately after Saturday’s scrimmage at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“Here’s the thing about our three quarterbacks, they all do something for us. That’s what has made it so difficult for us,” Nutt said. “All three of them are excellent and all three of them have strengths. Each of these guys could play and you’re not afraid to put either one of the three in the game. I know (offensive coordinator) David (Lee) feels the same way.”

Lee said that sophomore Barry Brunetti was the best option quarterback of the trio, junior Zack Stoudt was the best drop-back passer, while junior Randall Mackey did the best of keeping a play alive in the face of adversity. He was in agreement with Nutt about all three possessing the ability to play for the team and perform well when called on.

“You guys (media) want to know, I don’t give a rat’s butt whether you want to know, when you want to know, we’re going to do it when it’s right for the team,” Lee said with a smirk on his face following the scrimmage. “There is no question that the quarterbacks clearly understand why they are one, two and three. I really wanted to see this finish tonight. I thought there were some guys that did some good things.”

Lee said the early portion of the scrimmage was scripted to see wide receivers like Nick Brassell and Donte Moncrief get the ball in their hands, while later in the scrimmage, Lee called plays that suited Brunetti, Stoudt and Mackey the best while they were in the game.

“There are reasons for what we did and now, of course, it’s time to put all that behind us and go call the plays that are going to make first downs against BYU,” Lee said.

The best past of the night for any of the three quarterbacks came late in the scrimmage when Mackey found Moncrief for a 53-yard touchdown. The ball was a perfect spiral and placed just out of the reach of a defender just before Moncrief cross the goal line.

For more on Saturday’s scrimmage, see Monday’s Sports section. (August 20, 2011)

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