Ole Miss Football: Will Masoli's Concussion Cost Rebs a Bowl Game?

Bohdi SandersContributor IIINovember 10, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Ole Miss Rebels against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jeremiah Masoli's status is still up in the air for this Saturday's game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Masoli suffered from a concussion during the Rebels' game against UL Lafayette. During a touchdown scoring run, Jeremiah Masoli sustained a concussion from a hard hit in the endzone.

As of today, his status for Saturday's game is still questionable.

According to Houston Nutt, Masoli will not play on Saturday unless he is deemed 100% over his concussion by the doctors and trainers, which hasn't happened yet.

If Masoli is restricted to the sidelines during the Tennessee game, Nathan Stanley will be the Rebel quarterback. Stanley was scheduled to be the starting quarterback for the Rebels before Masoli came to Ole Miss during the summer, and is a good quarterback, but lacks much experience.

Nathan Stanley has had very limited playing time this season. He played about half the game against Jacksonville State, one series against Tulane, and got some playing time last week after Masoli's injury.

During Stanley's limited playing time, he has looked fairly sharp. Although Stanley's rushing abilities do not rival Masoli's, his passing skills are there, when given time in the pocket.

If Masoli can't play on Saturday, the Rebels' offensive strategy will probably have to be tweaked a bit, since Stanley is not quite as mobile as Masoli. Hopefully, for the Rebels' sake, Nutt doesn't turn ultra conservative with his play calling.

If Nutt starts to get too conservative because of his lack of confidence in Stanley, it could be a very long day for the Rebels.

It could also cost the Rebels any chance of making it to postseason play.

But all of this speculation could be for nothing, as Masoli still has several days to recover from Saturday's concussion. Even if Masoli is cleared to play, there has to be a question concerning how his modified practice time this week will affect his play on the field.

All in all, there are lots of unanswered questions for the Rebels going into a must win game Saturday against a Tennessee team with its back against the wall. This is a must win game for both teams!

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