Houston Nutt says QB Barry Brunetti would be starter for Ole Miss

DESTIN, Fla. — Transfer quarterbacks are becoming a tradition at Ole Miss.

It started with Jevan Snead, who transferred from Texas and became a two-year starter.

Next was Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli, who started last season in his only year at Ole Miss.

Now, Barry Brunetti is competing for the starting position after transferring from West Virginia.

“If we played tonight, Brunetti would probably go out there first,” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday at the SEC meetings.

“I love his attitude and his work ethic. I just really appreciate the way he goes about his business.”

Brunetti is engaged in a three-way competition for the starting job with Randall Mackey and Zack Stoudt, a junior college transfer who originally signed with Louisville.

“Randall took off the first eight days of practice, but Brunetti came on really strong at the end,” Nutt said.

QB Competition: Although Tyler Wilson is generally regarded as the replacement for Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, it’s not a done deal, according to coach Bobby Petrino.

He says sophomore Brandon Mitchell is still in the running and that the starter won’t be determined until preseason practice.

But when he discusses the two players, he doesn’t leave much doubt about the outcome.

“Tyler Wilson is exciting to me,” Petrino said. “He can really throw the football. I thought he showed good leadership and work ethic (in the spring).

“Brandon Mitchell competed with him. He’s young. He showed he can have a good week of practice, then not carry it over to a scrimmage. That’s part of growing up.”

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springcreekvol writes:

Kiffin should have signed him. You always keep your best in-state players at the home school.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

I wanted Brunetti, just looked like a player to me. MHO

TheOpinion writes:

Will he be a starter? Maybe. Is he ever going to be a dominant QB or a star in the SEC? Probably not. He would have just gotten a scholarship and sat on the bench at UT. At Ole Miss he's a starter. Guess it all worked out well for both parties.

LJS1984 writes:

Another head-scratcher by Houston Nutt. I used to really admire the guy for what he did at Arkansas. Now I'm starting see why Arkansas fans wanted him gone so badly. He is in the process of running the Ole Miss program further into the ground. What's he doing announcing a new starter to the media in late May, early June? Not very smart by the Nutt. Most coaches with any sort of intelligence would let their QB situation play itself out during August. By then it's usually obvious who the starter should and will be. Then you go ahead and announce it a couple of days prior to the first game, not on May 1st. He pretty much just threw all of his QB's under the bus.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

Will he be a starter? Maybe. Is he ever going to be a dominant QB or a star in the SEC? Probably not. He would have just gotten a scholarship and sat on the bench at UT. At Ole Miss he's a starter. Guess it all worked out well for both parties.

Agree.

drwooten#644850 writes:

"Transfer quarterbacks are becoming a tradition at Ole Miss. It started with Jevan Snead, who transferred from Texas and became a two-year starter."

Actually, it started with former UT starter Brent Schaeffer.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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And Brantley is? You have still yet to own up to all the Brantley Heisman talk we heard this time last yr. Nor have you mentioned the sub-par season your gators had. When mentioned you continue to just throw off on UT. Oh yeah I forgot...According to UF fans you guys got an upgrade at the HC position. I love how you guys are making Muschamp out to be better than Urban. And before you say it, I NEVER wanted Muschamp at UT. UT and UF are both proud programs and should NEVER have to settle for a coach who has...never been a HC.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Ok.....Bray may indeed be the answer. But I'm on a one man mission to see that he doesn't miss a meal. If he gets on even 75% of the Peyton training plan he will be the answer. Right now it's up in the air. If someone has the gumption to get on him and help him get stronger, everybody wins. He has the guns........But he's going to have to run occasionally and it would help if he is strong enough to take the pounding.....And even give one out once in a while. Peyton was thin back in the day. Way, way back in the day...Sorry Peyton..Just busting on you a little bit...

allvol32 writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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DC = hopelessly in love with TN and obsessed with TN - just won't admit it to himself but his behavior doesn't lie.

FarmerVol writes:

And who is surprised by this announcement from Nutt?

drwooten#644850 writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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Uh huh. Ever heard of Eli Manning?

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