Rebels' Barry Brunetti granted eligibility
Brunetti, a sophomore, first made the NCAA's decision public via Twitter Monday morning. Brunetti tweeted: "I am #blessed to say that the NCAA has cleared me to play this year&God is Good..thankyul."
A team spokesman later confirmed the NCAA's ruling to ESPN.com.
Brunetti's clearance adds much-needed depth to the Rebels' quarterback position. Senior Nathan Stanley's departure during the last week of spring practice left Ole Miss with just three scholarship quarterbacks -- Brunetti, junior Randall Mackey and junior college transfer Zack Stoudt.
Coach Houston Nutt said Mackey left spring with a slight lead in the quarterback race, but was impressed with how the other two made significant strides this summer and doesn't expect to name a true starter until preseason camp.
Brunetti, who transferred from West Virginia in January, asked the NCAA to waive the routine year-in-residence requirement and allow him to play this fall due to a family situation. Because of complications from a car accident, Brunetti's mother found it increasingly difficult to travel to Morgantown, W.Va. Brunetti, a Memphis, Tenn., native, then decided to transfer from West Virginia to a school closer to home.
Brunetti played in four games for the Mountaineers in 2010 and completed 4-of-9 passes for 6 yards. He also rushed once for 4 yards.
Edward Aschoff covers the SEC for ESPN.com.
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