Published April 4, 2011 - 12:24pm
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The news out of Oxford looks as if East Mississippi JUCO quarterback Randall Mackey has taken the early lead in the quarterback battle. Mackey pulled ahead this past weekend in the 115-play scrimmage. Mackey was 5-8 for 51 yards and a nifty touchdown in the back of the end zone. He is only 5-11, 195lbs but his elusiveness and strong arm are allowing him to quickly pull away from the pack.
The other quarterbacks were just okay. West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti was 5-7 for 68 yards and a touchdown and interception. Zack Stoudt was 6-14 for 42 yards and an interception. Nathan Stanley was 3-9 for 11 yards.
The coaches love the way Mackey moves the football and moves his team up and down the field.
“He is oblivious to the rush,” offensive coordinator David Lee said. “Just absolutely oblivious. He sees nothing but what he’s throwing to downfield and where he’s going to put the ball and give a receiver a chance to (catch) it better than all our guys right now. He’s the most accurate. That’s why we move the football so fast when he’s in there.”
The Rebels needs some type of jump-start on the offensive end. Could Mackey be the guy? He has the ability to make things happen when the pocket collapses, but Nathan Stanley looked really good in his first game last year.
The Rebels need to decide what type of offense they want to run. If it’s more of a spread offense, then I say Mackey could be the guy, but if they want to have a conventional offense, Stanley could be the guy.
Either way, the staple of the offense will be running back Brandon Bolden and his ability to keep the ball moving on the ground.