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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Ole Miss gets more quarterback help

By Chris Low

Ole Miss officially announced Tuesday former West Virginia quarterback Barry Brunetti's transfer.

Brunetti, who has three years of eligibility remaining, said earlier this month that he's seeking a waiver from the NCAA to be able to play right away. Originally from Memphis, Brunetti said he wanted to play at a school closer to his mother, who was injured in a car wreck last year and has difficulty making long car rides.

If Brunetti wins his waiver, he'll join the Rebels' quarterback battle for the 2011 season. Otherwise, he'll have to sit out next season.

Junior Nathan Stanley returns after winning the job last spring, only to be unseated by Jeremiah Masoli when he transferred in from Oregon and won his appeal with the NCAA to be able to play right away. Two other guys to watch this spring are junior college transfers Zack Stoudt and Randall Mackey.

Stoudt, the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt, enrolled at Ole Miss earlier this month after transferring from Iowa Western Community College. Mackey could end up being the Rebels' change-of-pace quarterback. He redshirted this past season after coming over from East Mississippi Community College. He's more of a multi-purpose threat.