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Mackey suspended for Ole Miss’ opener; Brunetti to start

Barry Brunetti, Joshua Shipp

Well, so much for that starting quarterback competition at Ole Miss.

Just hours after reports first surfaced that Randall Mackey had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Mackey has been suspended by head coach Houston Nutt for the Rebels’ opener.  Nutt revealed his decision Tuesday evening.

In addition to Mackey’s suspension, Nutt also announced that Barry Brunetti will be his starter at QB  for the first game against BYU.  Zach Stoudt will be the No. 2 QB for the Cougars game, with Nutt saying that the presumptive No. 3 QB would play in certain situations.

Stoudt, Brunetti and Mackey had been involved in a three-way battle for the starting job since spring, although it’s believed the competition had actually come down to the latter two players.

Brunetti announced last December that he was transferring from West Virginia, and ultimately landed in Oxford a month later.  In April, it was announced that Brunetti had received a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play in 2011 instead of sitting out a transfer year.

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1 Response to “Mackey suspended for Ole Miss’ opener; Brunetti to start”
  1. trbowman says: Aug 23, 2011 8:59 PM

    Jacksonville State.

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