Posted by Chip Patterson
When Rebels fans file into the Grove on Saturday to prepare for the season opener against Jacksonville State, there is one thing they can expect at quarterback: Nathan Stanley.
The 6-5 sophomore from Sequoyah, OK is listed as the starter on Ole Miss' depth chart heading into the game, and will likely be the first man to take the reigns of the Rebels' offense since the departure of Jevan Snead.
But it's one of his backups that has been getting all the attention since his arrival in Oxford.
Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli awaits word from the NCAA on whether he will be granted a waiver to bypass the NCAA's one year requirement for transfer students. Head coach Houston Nutt is trying his best to be optimistic.
"I wish I could feel as good as [Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe] does about it," said the Rebels coach. "I truly don't know."
"I'm expecting (a decision) either today, tomorrow or the next day at the latest," said Nutt, whose team hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Masoli is expected to be granted the waiver because the graduate program he has enrolled in was not available at Oregon. if he is made available, there is no doubt he will have a chance to make an impact right away. Say what you will about his off-field troubles, but Houston Nutt would be more than happy to have Masoli's 15 passing and 13 rushing touchdowns from 2009 on this years' squad.
Nutt currently has Masoli and junior Randall Mackey both listed as second on the depth chart. All three quarterbacks have been sharing snaps during camp, but most of the snaps this week will be split between Stanley and Snead.
"I just know the clock is ticking and it's game week," said Nutt. "I have a guy who has played (Masoli) and two guys that haven't, so I have to get them ready."
If Masoli suits up, I expect Nutt will utilize the quarterback tandem that is becoming more and more popular in today's game. If so, fans in Oxford should get ready when they see No. 8 on the field.