Spring Showcase

During the annual Grove Bowl Saturday, all eyes were centered on quarterbacks Nathan Stanley and Raymond Cotton, who were given their final chance to make a case for starting duties come the team's season opener against Jacksonville State Sept. 4.

Each had their moments, though Cotton had the better day statistically.

The redshirt freshman completed 5-of-7 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, despite being limited for the better part of two weeks with a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Stanley had a strong showing as well. He was 11-of-16 for 166 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Nutt said Stanley has the advantage heading into the fall, chiefly due to his advanced knowledge of the offensive playbook.

Raymond Cotton

Meeting with the media inside the team meeting room of the indoor practice facility shortly following the game, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said he expects Cotton to play regardless, even if it means creating a special package around his strengths.

Stanley received the majority of first team repetitions this spring.

However, he also dealt with injury. Stanley suffered a minor quadriceps contusion last week. He showed no ill effects Saturday, completing touchdown throws of 23 and one yards to Markeith Summers and E.J. Epperson, respectively.

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