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.