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Mackey still leads Ole Miss QB race

Now that spring practice is over with, it’s now in the players’ hands to figure out where they want to line up on the depth chart.

For now, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says junior college transfer Randall Mackey leads a heated quarterback race.

With senior Nathan Stanley leaving the program during the latter part of spring practice, the Rebels will concentrate on JUCO transfer Zack Stoudt and West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti.

Mackey, a dual-threat quarterback, took the early lead in practice, but found the other two creeping behind him toward the end of spring ball.

“I feel real good about these there that we have,“ Nutt said. “Probably the best three we’ve had on campus at one time.”

Brunetti, who might have the best tools of any of the quarterbacks with his ability to run and pass, has yet to be granted a waiver from the NCAA to make him eligible for the fall.

Stoudt, who was suspended from Saturday’s spring game because of academic reasons, might have the best arm of the three, but isn’t nearly as mobile.

“He can throw just about every ball,” Nutt said.

During Saturday’s spring game, Mackey led a comeback for the Red team, finishing with 151 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Brunetti had 211 yards with two touchdowns.

Mackey has the lead, but nothing will be finalized until the fall, Nutt said.

“Right now, Mackey is probably ahead,” he said, “but we’ll know for sure around those first 10 days when we get back in August.”