Ole Miss Pens New Stance On Schaeffer

Co-written by Ryan Malashock HOOVER, Ala. — Before last season, Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron made an adamant declaration: Brent Schaeffer would be the Rebels' starting quarterback.


One year later, at the Southeastern Conference's football media days in the Wynfrey Hotel, Orgeron refused to designate the senior transfer from Tennessee as the Rebels' starter.
"Our quarterback position is going to be open," said Orgeron, who celebrated his 46th birthday. "We have had very inconsistent play at the quarterback position the last two years.
"We're looking for a consistent quarterback, a quarterback that can have a short, controlled passing game, that can make the right decisions along the line of scrimmage, that can be a leader in the huddle, someone we can trust to direct the offense in the right way."
Orgeron expressed frustration with Schaeffer's decision-making, both on and off the field, that contributed to Ole Miss' 4-8 record last season.
He mentioned Schaeffer's "inconsistent lifestyle" — pertaining to the quarterback's lack of leadership and lack of consistent attendance at class and meetings.
This has opened the possibility that senior Seth Adams could beat out Schaeffer in preseason practices. Adams appeared in six games last season and completed 17 of his 31 passes. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis said the competitive atmosphere has been healthy for both quarterbacks, as well as the entire team.
"Brent has been there all summer, working hard," Green-Ellis said. "I actually talked to him, and he said that he's been working harder than he has in his life.
"They're both my friends, and I want them both to go out and compete to the best of their ability."

Hogs Picked Third In Media Poll

Arkansas was picked by the media to finish third in the SEC West, behind LSU and Auburn.
The Razorbacks, however, received five votes to win the SEC championship this season — more than teams like Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
LSU was the overwhelming choice to win the SEC championship, receiving 54 of the 80 first-place votes submitted by media members during the SEC media days.
Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting last season, was the only unanimous choice on the media's All-SEC team, which was released Friday.
Junior Felix Jones was named alongside McFadden as the other running back on the All-SEC first-team offense. Jones also made the first team as a return specialist.
Wide receiver Marcus Monk and center Jonathan Luigs joined McFadden and Jones on the All-SEC first-team offense. No other school had more players named to the first-team offense.
But the Razorbacks didn't have a single player make either the first- or second-team defense.
All-SEC Teams Lack Bulldogs

Georgia fans couldn't have been pleased when the media's preseason All-SEC team was released Friday morning. No Bulldogs appeared on either the first-team offensive or defensive squad. Only one Georgia player, senior linebacker Brandon Miller, made the second team.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt didn't care, though. He stressed that the most important All-SEC team is released at the conclusion of the season, not the beginning.
"I don't worry too much about it one way or another," Richt said. "If we win, we'll have guys on the first team (at the end of the year). If we don't win, we won't. The teams that win get the accolades."

Ex-UA Assistant Thompson Praised

A couple of productive conversations between Orgeron and John Thompson led to the former Arkansas defensive coordinator returning to the sidelines.
Thompson, a Forrest City native who coached at Arkansas in 2000 and 2001, joined Orgeron's staff in January after spending about seven months as the athletic director at Central Arkansas.
"I think you're going to see more of an attack style, more of a blitzing attitude on first and second down and some unorthodox stuff on third down that gives offensives protection problems," Orgeron said.
"We want to do a great job on defense of creating turnovers, and I think John is excellent at that."

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