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Ole Miss QB Stanley to transfer

Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:21 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Just one year ago, Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Nathan Stanley had springboarded from a relief appearance in the Cotton Bowl into the Rebels' starting signal-calling job. With potentially three years' worth of every-down snaps ahead of him, all surrounded by Houston Nutt's usual array of skill position talent, Stanley's future in Oxford couldn't have looked much brighter.

Fast forward a year, and Stanley won't even finish spring camp on the Rebels' roster, having told Nutt he intends to transfer after slipping all the way to (per the Clarion-Ledger) No. 4 on the Ole Miss depth chart. Nutt's public statement:
“After meeting tonight, Nathan has decided to leave the program. We wish him the best and are going to help him find a new school. I appreciate all he has done for Ole Miss and the type of student-athlete he has been.”
How did Stanley go from heir apparent to afterthought so quickly? It started with the ballyohooed arrival last summer of Jeremiah Masoli --a move on the Rebel staff's part few could argue with given Masoli's talent, but no doubt one that also told Stanley the staff wasn't entirely comfortable with him as the unquestioned starter. Sure enough, Stanley received only one start -- the season-opening disaster against Jacksonville State which Masoli finished -- before watching the final 11 games from the sidelines. The Rebels then welcomed two more transfers (JUCO Zack Stoudt and West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti) this spring and watched 2010 JUCO redshirt Randall Mackey take spring camp by storm.

Though Stanley publicly welcomed Masoli and the benefits of last fall's competition, at this stage it's worth wondering if his confidence (or motivation under the staff who'd worked to replace him) ever recovered; by all accounts Stanley made no impact whatsoever this spring and had seen his repetitions reduced significantly over the course of the past few weeks. A transfer at this stage was all but inevitable, and seems from this perspective like the best thing for Stanley.

As for Ole Miss, the program and Stanley going their separate ways is probably best on the Rebels' end too. But Brunetti will need an NCAA waiver to avoid sitting out his transfer year this coming season; if that waiver is denied, Mackey and Stoudt become the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Without Brunetti, it's dangerous living for Nutt. But of course, that's also the only way Nutt knows how to live.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:44 pm
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Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:25 pm

Ole Miss QB Stanley to transfer

Ole Miss will never have a good QB as long as Nutt is calling the plays.  Call me a HDN hater, call me jealous that Nutt isn't at UA.......I really dont care.  I am just telling the truth.  He never had a good QB at Arkansas except Mustain whom he ran off.  Notice that when Nutt came to Ole Miss they had a Heisman candidate signal caller Jevan Sneed and he ended up sucking it up.  Nutt brings in Thug U Masoli and they get beat by Jacksonville St.  Now this guy whom I am willing to bet will end up being great somewhere.  Nutt is a QB killer, always has been.

I really like HDN and he is a great motivator as well as recruiter, but facts are facts.  His ego has tarnished how great of a coach he could be.  I appreciate everything he did for Arkansas but a team under him will never be anything but medicore in my opinion.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:14 pm

Ole Miss QB Stanley to transfer

In fairness to Stanley, Ole Miss' loss to Jacksonville State was not on him as it is somewhat painted out to be in this blurb. He QB'd 6 drives. In those, Ole Miss scored 3 TD's (all passes), kicked a FG, and fumbled twice (one of those was Stanley's and it was returned for a TD).

Stanley was 6 for 10 for 133, with 3 TD's and no picks.

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