Notes, thoughts and back-up QBs

From the Mother Ship this morning, notes and thoughts after two weeks of camp.

And now, a little bonus coverage.

It’s been an interesting exchange at No. 2 quarterback, but Barry Brunetti seemed to elevate a little bit.

There’s no doubt Hugh Freeze has been pushing freshman Devante Kincade to get him ready to go. Often in the first two weeks the second-team snaps were evenly divided. Going back to Freeze’s comments at the campus media day, he said he’d like to redshirt both freshman quarterbacks but that he felt one would have to get ready to play.

I’m thinking it’s more than just about “getting ready” for Kincade. He’s shown accuracy and poise, and he’s faster than Brunetti. Kincade’s ability would seem to appeal to the creativity of an offensive-minded coach.

However, when it comes to making the call to put a player into the game at the most important position, experience carries a lot of weight.

Brunetti has done a lot of good things in the run game for two years now. He’s known all along how difficult it would be to beat out Bo Wallace as the No. 1, and he was basically asking to change positions in his comments to media following the spring game.

Freeze has shown now interesting in moving Brunetti away from quarterback, and Brunetti’s arrest in May illustrates a guy without complete focus on the team.

Here’s Brunetti after the spring game in a discussion about changing positions:

“We haven’t talked about it yet. I feel like that will be probably around the beginning of the summer, around that time in May,” Brunetti said. “I’m ready for him to let me know so I can work on it, whatever I need to do.”

It wasn’t the first time Brunetti had been an eager participant in that discussion. In practice for the Compass Bowl last December he expressed interest in playing the role that Randall Mackey did for the 2012 team, a little bit at a lot of different places but mostly running back and receiver.

If Wallace stays healthy and Kincade continues to progress I wouldn’t rule out experimentation with Brunetti down the road, particularly if depth at wide receiver doesn’t pan out the way Freeze hopes.

Viewing opportunities have been scaled back at practice now, but it seemed that Brunetti was getting a few more snaps last week or at least getting reps earlier in the sequence with the second team.

Then Freeze singled out Brunetti for good play after the closed scrimmage Saturday.

If something disastrous happens with Bo Wallace early in the season I think Freeze calls for Brunetti, but the handling of Kincade could also be very different under those circumstances as well

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    They should make up their minds soon who is going to be the QB, a loss to Vandy in first game of season Rebels may not be able to regroup and be in for a long disappointing season.So now its back to the musical chairs game in QBs.

  • REB

    Looks like Ole Miss has a good chance to land Cameron Sims the four star WR. It looks to be between Alabama and Ole Miss. Should know by the end of the weekend.

  • Cid Riley

    If the check clears…Sims is in.

    • FairviewReb

      R U kidding…cash is King!!!

  • Cid Riley

    Cash is king, indeed! The check reference was a way of saying that if he goes to Ole Miss he will be bought in one form or another. Whether it’s by prostituted coeds, cash payment or jobs for relatives. #olemissprobation2014

    • FairviewReb

      No probation. Too smart for that. Sounds as tho U R knowledgable on that prostitution thing?!? So sorry U have to “pay to play”. Loser…

  • JH

    I would love for us to be able to redshirt both our freshmen quarterbacks. Though just saying freshmen quarterback is refreshing as we have had not one in so long. I think as long as Wallace is healthy that should be the plan.

  • REB

    just read a story on Ole Miss being one of the best “on the rise teams” in college football. Can’t help but make all Ole Miss fans proud.You feel bad for MI$$ $TATE but their “pay for play” has landed them on 2 years probation and a hand slap. I hate to say it but there is strong talk of some of their players transferring.

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