"I was just happy to have that opportunity and get this chance," he said. "I'm just really thankful to Ole Miss."
As he has since being dismissed from Oregon in the offseason, Masoli was proving himself. These were the people sure to dissect his every move in his only season as an Ole Miss quarterback.
But when the 20-minute question and answer session was over, Masoli politely stepped away and through the doors of the team meeting room of the indoor practice facility. He was headed back to his safety net – to a team welcoming the much-maligned talent with open arms.
"We're so close inside our locker room," junior running back Brandon Bolden said. "When we heard he was coming, everybody kind of looked around and said, ‘Yeah, bring him on.' It helped knowing what type of player he was."
There's been no second-guessing behind the scenes. An Ole Miss offense short on talent has added a season-altering piece. In his two seasons at Oregon, Masoli passed for 3,891 yards, rushed for 1,368 more, and accounted for 51 total touchdowns – all after starting his career as the team's fifth-string quarterback.
"He's been in that top level of competition," senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett said. "He can bring that poise and that attitude to our team. It's something we're going to need when we're in that battle or big-time game against an Alabama."
When rumors began to circulate of Ole Miss' interest in Masoli, Lockett, far and away a team leader, and his fellow seniors called a meeting with Nutt.
To Lockett, adding Masoli was well worth the risk. The offense is replacing eight starters. Starter Nathan Stanley, only a sophomore, has yet to take a meaningful snap in the Southeastern Conference. Lockett figured Masoli "could be a great asset to this team."
"He told us when (Masoli) got here, it was going to be the seniors' responsibility to keep him in line, on the straight and narrow," Lockett said. "I was like, ‘Coach, that's already done.' He's going to walk on the straight and narrow to help the team out and win some big-time games."
Before Nutt entertained the idea of bringing Masoli on board, he approached Stanley. Amidst all the drama this offseason, Stanley has been the one constant. He's been in every workout, taking every snap and and establishing himself as a team leader, despite his youth.
As always, Stanley was calm and collected. He was thinking of the team, how Masoli could provide another weapon to an offense in need of any additional help.
"(Coach Nutt) just told me that we were thin at quarterback and we didn't have a whole lot of depth with Raymond transferring," he said. "They still have all the confidence in the world in me to keep doing what I do."
A lesser person would have become discontent, but not Stanley. Masoli's presence, he felt, would only make him better. He's still getting his feet wet, learning the nuances of a position he still growing into.
"It doesn't matter who they bring in, I'm still going to continue to do what I do," Stanley said. "I'm going to continue to make myself better and do what I can to make this team better. I'm going to be me and do what I need to do to get better."
Ole Miss media day, while normally well-attended, doesn't usually draw this much attention. Media swarmed to the IPF, all in hopes of getting the goods on the most celebrated walk-on in school history.
But each question was met the same way. For all the fanfare, all the scrutiny, Jeremiah Masoli is being treated like any other player.
"Everybody hits a stumbling block in life," senior defensive tackle Jerrell Powe said. "I talked to him when he first came here. I told him not to worry about what other people had to say. People are going to talk about you, but just persevere through all that and don't worry about it."