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.”