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Masoli will start against Vandy

Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 11:44 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

When the NCAA reversed their decision to force Jeremiah Masoli to sit out a season following the troubled player's transfer from Oregon to Ole Miss , it was only a matter of time until Masoli took over the starting job in Oxford.  Masoli got the start against Tulane this past weekend thanks to an injury to Nathan Stanley , and he played pretty well.

Masoli completed 14 of 20 passes for 281 yards while picking up another 27 yards on the ground, and most importantly, he didn't lose to Jacksonville State .  A huge step forward for Houston Nutt 's program.  So it's not surprising that Nutt named Masoli his starting quarterback for their SEC opener on Saturday against Vanderbilt .

“Right now we’re going to start Jeremiah,” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said. “In order to get the flow of things, and get that chemistry, it is probably best to have one quarterback.

“Jeremiah played very well (against Tulane),” Nutt said. “We have to continue to get better. We are playing a very good team in Vanderbilt. They played well against LSU and it was close all the way up until the fourth quarter.”

I don't know if I'd go as far as labeling Vanderbilt as a "very good" team.  I mean, yes, Vandy hung around with LSU until the fourth quarter but they did end up losing the game 27-3 and only managed to pick up 135 yards of total offense in the process.  But, hey, if I lost to Jacksonville State then Vanderbilt would probably look like a title contender to me too.

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Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:58 am

Masoli will start against Vandy

Houston Nutt is just trying to win football games. His track record shows that he will try to do this with a QB that can run the option, has an arm and is a great all around athlete.  Masoli had to get several blessings besides Nutt's to make this squad, so you may want to get upset with the AD, and the boosters as well because they all have to be on board with the decision. I am personally not opposed to it at all. I mean, who cares? I just want to see the best athletes on the field playing the most competitive games possible.  I have no concern with their personal issues or shortcomings off the field of play.

Bottom line..Houston Nutt basically needs to end up with a 10-2 or 9-3 record this year if he expects to hang around Ole Miss very long and Masoli is by light years his best option at QB if that is going to happen.

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 4:32 am

Masoli will start against Vandy

Ohhh, those who have NOT sinned....cast the FIRST stone.

Your SO-CALLED opinion means absolutely, totally NOTHING.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:53 am

Masoli will start against Vandy

"and most importantly, he didn't lose to Jacksonville State "

Yes he did.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2010 7:50 pm

Masoli will start against Vandy

Houston Nutt initially reported to the media that Masoli was going to be treated like every player on the team.  He made it sound  like Masoli was not really wanted.  What I, along with many others fail to note initially is how did  a Hawaii Native moving to San Francisco, playing at its City College and finally at Oregon get "snagged" all the way to Misissippi!  Because Coach Nutt immediately went after him for his football talent (never mind his criminal background) and poor behaviour problems.  Sure he got a degree on Playground management or some-other mindless major.  He can run, pass and take a good hit!  Their QB "somehow" got hurt, neccessitating Masoli to play.  Now how did that happen!?   

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2010 3:11 pm

Masoli will start against Vandy

Was OJ Simpson not available Houston Nutt?  Dod you call Rae Carruth yet?  Stay classy Ole Piss.  Most teams are trying to rid themselves of malcontent criminals; not Houston Nutt, he offers them scholarships and transfers faster than you can say Jacksonville State.

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