Yesterday Coach Houston Nutt announced that So. Barry Brunetti would be the starter for the Rebels against BYU in the season opener. The announcement came on the heels of Jr. QB Randall Mackey’s arrest for disorderly conduct early Tuesday morning. Nutt promptly suspended Mackey for the BYU game.
This is not how Brunetti envisioned winning the starting job, but will try and make good on the oppurtunity given him. “It’s kind of exciting, but at the same time it’s kind of sad, because Mackey’s like my best friend here,” Brunetti said. “I’ve just got to prepare, take each day one step at a time.” Brunetti is a transfer from West Virginia where he was second string last season. The NCAA ruled that he is eligible for this season because of a family hardship that required him to be closer to his home in Memphis.
As for Mackey, Nutt has said that he must earn his way back on to the field and will not get many reps at practice. The arrest happened because Mackey struck an officer in the mouth during a fight at a local bar. Mackey claims he was pushed into the officer.