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Reviewing Ole Miss' scrimmage

8/16/2010

Here comes Jeremiah Masoli.

In his first scrimmage at Ole Miss, Masoli's all-around talents were hard to ignore. He led the Rebels on a scoring drive on his first series, capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass to Ja-Mes Logan on a fade route. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Masoli's ability to improvise and move around and make plays is what makes him so effective. That was never more apparent than Masoli's 36-yard completion to Markeith Summers when Masoli avoided pressure up the middle, rolled right and then found Summers open down the field.

Nutt said sophomore Nathan Stanley would still be his starting quarterback if the season began today, but it's been an impressive start to preseason camp for Masoli. If he continues at this pace, it's difficult to imagine his not taking over the starting duties at some point. He brings a dimension to the Rebels' offense they don't have right now, although Nutt said Stanley has also played well.

The other encouraging thing for Ole Miss offensively is the way junior running back Enrique Davis has performed this preseason. He looks like the highly rated runner the Rebels thought they were getting when they signed him and scored the first touchdown of the scrimmage on a 56-yard run. With Dexter McCluster gone, Ole Miss needs another breakaway threat to emerge.

The Ole Miss defense also showed up during the red-zone portion of the scrimmage. In six attempts, the offense only got into the end zone once.

Here's a link to a report on the scrimmage courtesy of the Ole Miss sports information department.