Jeremiah Masoli will walk on at Ole Miss and will be eligible to play this year.
[Jeremiah] Masoli visited the Oxford, Miss., campus this weekend, and Rebels coach Houston Nutt offered Masoli a place on the team, which is down to two scholarship quarterbacks after backup Raymond Cotton decided earlier this month to transfer. Masoli, from Daly City, Calif., will be a walk-on because the Rebels already have reached the NCAA's 85-scholarship limit. He is eligible to play immediately because of an NCAA rule that allows players who have obtained bachelor's degrees to transfer to schools that offer graduate programs their current schools don't offer. Masoli graduated from Oregon this month with a degree in sociology. Pending approval of his transcript, Masoli will enroll in the Parks and Recreation master's program at Ole Miss, and he will compete with redshirt sophomore Nathan Stanley for the starting job when practice begins Aug. 8.
"I'm excited to get another chance," Masoli said on Sunday. "I'm so grateful and thankful."
@Andy_Staples Masoli on being a walk-on: "Scholarship or not, they're going to get some criticism for taking me."
@Andy_Staples Nutt on Masoli: "I felt like he needed us a whole lot more than we needed him. He'll be under the highest of scrutiny."