January 24, 2010

Mackey's role: Help team win

Many Ole Miss fans were on pins and needles as they awaited Jevan Snead's decision earlier this month.

Snead, who quarterbacked Ole Miss to 18 wins and back-to-back Cotton Bowl victories, ultimately decided to bypass his senior year and make himself eligible for April's NFL draft.

That left Ole Miss with Nathan Stanley and Raymond Cotton, two players who have yet to start a college game, at quarterback.

It also left Randall Mackey pleased.

"I was kind of happy," Mackey admitted Sunday morning. "I wasn't really worrying about that though. My role is going to be to help win. I'm going to be a quarterback, but I'm going to be doing some other things as well."

Mackey, a four-star athlete/quarterback from Bastrop, La., has spent the past two years destroying junior college defenses at East (Miss.) Community College. The 6-foot, 190-pound Mackey is ranked as the nation's No. 5 junior college prospect by Rivals.com. The former Parade All-American is expected to report to Ole Miss in late May, compete for playing time in the "Wild Rebel" package and give the Rebels a versatile, dynamic offensive threat.

"They just want me to come in and learn the offense," Mackey said.

Mackey has been committed to Ole Miss for two years. Other schools have made overtures, but he's never backed off that commitment. His official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend only solidified it.

"It went good," said Mackey, who was hosted by Ole Miss wide receiver Lionel Breaux, who, like Mackey, is a Louisiana native. "It was a very nice visit. The campus was nice. All the players are nice. We had a good time. I had fans come up and shake my hand and tell me they're glad to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

"It's a nice program, especially with Coach (Houston) Nutt here. It's just great."

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