The "Jeremiah Masoli experiment" in Oxford has been far from a failure, but it has not delivered the type of season that may Rebels fans expected with the arrival of a Pac-10 champion quarterback. Masoli has been predictably productive, throwing for 1,521 yards and 12 touchdowns so far on the season - while adding four more scores on the ground. But with a 4-5 overall record and with just one conference win, Ole Miss is facing the very real possibility of missing the postseason; something that has not occurred in Houston Nutt's tenure. With only three games left on the schedule, every one of them is a must-win, and there are chances that they may have to enter Saturday's matchup with Tennessee without their starting quarterback .
Trainer Tim Mullins said Masoli, who suffered a concussion in UM’s 43-21 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, is being tested daily on a variety of parameters, including headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, irritability, changes in sleep habits and balance tests. “He has responded good, but we’ve had guys in the past that responded good and then they have a setback,” Mullins said. “So it’s just still too early to say.”
UM coach Houston Nutt said Masoli vomited “a little bit” on Sunday, a day after he suffered the concussion. After Tuesday’s practice, Nutt said he could still tell his quarterback was recently concussed judging by the way he handled his limited work. “Again, you just like his attitude because you know he wants to be out here,” Nutt said. “But we’ve got to go by what the doctors say and we cant put him out there until he’s really 100 percent, especially in a game where it’s live contact.
If Masoli cannot go against the Volunteers, he will be replaced by sophomore Nathan Stanley . Stanley started the season sharing snaps with Masoli, and threw for 108 yards in his absence against Louisiana-Lafayette following the concussion. The Rebels planned for Stanley to be their starter before Masoli's arrival, and it may fall on Stanley to carry Ole Miss into the postseason.