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Houston Nutt still has to decide between three quarterback options.
Currently, the Rebels of Ole Miss have yet to disclose who they are selecting for the starting quarterback job heading into the new season.
After the departure of Jeremiah Masoli and the transfer of Masoli's backup Nathan Stanley, the Rebels were left with Randall Mackey, Zach Stoudt and Barry Brunetti.
Neither Mackey or Stoudt have any Division I starting quarterback experience. Brunetti, who transferred from West Virigina in December, has only seen a very limited amount of snaps during his college career.
Although the popular pick so far is Mackey, neither quarterback option will provide the Rebels with a legitimate passing attack in 2011.
Stoudt possess the quarterback-like physique at 6'4", 220 lbs, but recent reports out of spring practices at Ole Miss show that Stoudt has great arm strength and looks the most natural when running the pro-style offense. But according to Ren Turner of chuckoliver.net, Stoudt makes fewer big plays and has the talent of a backup quarterback in practice.
Brunetti will most likely receive a red-shirt this season in order to improve his ability of running a pro-style offense. A red shirt will also give him a better opportunity to be the starting Rebels quarterback for two years in the future.
It will come down between Stoudt and Mackey, but I believe Mackey's speed gives him the advantage over Stoudt.
Regardless of who the quarterback is, the Rebel offense will rely heavily on returning running back Brandon Bolden, who rushed for 976 yards in 2010.
The Rebels were ranked 82nd in the FBS with 192.3 passing yards per game. And at first glance, it does not seem like that number will improve much this season.