In the Clear?

Jamal Mosley, long considered a grade risk, said Monday he is in line academically to enroll at Ole Miss in the first summer session in June.

Jamal Mosley didn't want to be that player, the one Ole Miss waits on with bated breath as he toils away in the classroom this summer.

So he went to work.

Mosley, long considered a grade risk, said Monday he is in line academically to enroll at Ole Miss in the first summer session in June. Mosley signed with Ole Miss in February, after spending his sophomore season at nearby Northwest Community College.

Mosley said he is passing all of his current classes in a critical spring semester at Northwest. He took on a heavy workload, "basically 22 hours," he said, including two correspondence courses to satisfy his requirement for college algebra and two requisite literature courses.

"I just wanted to get it done by any means necessary," he said. "I got all of it done. I'm just happy, man. I feel like I needed to do that. I didn't want to be the guy everybody was hoping and waiting on to get in there."

Mosley followed a similar academic route to another Northwest product, Patrick Trahan, now with the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Like Mosley, Trahan had to complete additional work to gain eligibility to play for Ole Miss, where he starred for two seasons.

Mosley, it should be noted, must graduate from Northwest and meet the eligibility requirements of Ole Miss. He said he will file the proper paperwork, including his transcripts, to Ole Miss later this week.

Jamal Mosley
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"That's a big, big, big weight off my shoulders," Mosley said. "I just feel like now that's over, I'm just so happy and ready to play now. I'm just ready to get this show on the road now at Ole Miss. It's my second chance."

An earlier-than-expected arrival for Mosley would be a welcomed relief for Ole Miss, should his transcripts check out. Mosley earned first team All-State honors from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges last season, when he recorded 42 catches for 350 yards and four touchdowns for Northwest.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Mosley originally signed and played for Oklahoma State. Once rated a three-star recruit by, he saw action in 11 games as a true freshman for the Cowboys, and caught five passes for 57 yards.

"I just want to get (to Ole Miss) and buy into (Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt's system," he said. "You know, bring some leadership and be that guy other people look up to. Lead by example, and turn that 4-8 around. I don't really have any personal goals, just a bunch of team stuff. If everybody's taking care of their business, then we're going to be well off as a team."

Mosley was a regular attendee at Ole Miss' spring practices in April, often seen watching attentively from the sidelines. Of great interest to Mosley was the three-man quarterback race between Randall Mackey, Zack Stoudt and Barry Brunetti.

Brunetti hails from Mosley's hometown, Memphis, Tenn.

"I wanna ride with Barry, man, because he's from the hometown, but I've gotta give credit to Randall Mackey. He kind of impressed me," Mosley said. "To be a little guy, that guy can play. He kept the play going and he's always looking downfield, trying to make plays with his feet and with his arm. That kind of stuff got to me.

"But Barry's doing good also. I really didn't get a chance to evaluate Stoudt, I was really just checking out Mackey and Barry most of the time. I'm pretty sure those guys would probably be the top two guys in the running from what it looks like. I think Mackey's the No. 1 guy going into the fall. Whoever's going to beat him out is going to have to be a helluva player."

Also evident was the team's lack of play-makers, outside of a select few, at wide receiver and tight end. As a soon-to-be junior, Mosley was signed to compete immediately with junior tight end Ferbia Allen for the starting position.

"We all just got to get there in the summer and work on timing, getting everybody learning the plays and getting chemistry together," Mosley said. "If we can get all that throughout the summer and on into camp, I think we can turn that weakness into a strength. That is most definitely a weakness on the team, the receivers and tight ends."

Mainly, though, Mosley is aiming to be a team leader as soon as he steps on campus.

"Coach Nutt asked for me to take on that (leadership) responsibility when I get there," he said. "I'm kind of mentally stronger now. I feel like my back's kind of against the wall. I'm just hungry, man."

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