Ole Miss coach Orgeron says Schaeffer should be on campus by the start on practice Thursday

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 30, 2006

Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron said transfer quarterback Brent Schaeffer is expected to report with the other players on Aug. 3, and will be the starter.

Schaeffer is a former Tennessee player who was at home in Florida this summer finishing up two junior college courses online.

“He brings an excitement to our football team, something that we need in our offense,” Orgeron said. “Brent Schaeffer is going to be our starting quarterback. We’re excited about Brent Schaeffer.”

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The Rebels are hoping Schaeffer can help improve the nation’s 115th-ranked scoring offense, which produced just 13.5 points per game.

Orgeron also hired former Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator Dan Werner. The second-year head coach anointed Schaeffer as the starter on national signing day, saying Thursday that decision was “a no-brainer.”

He was the first true freshman to start a season opener for an SEC team since 1945, but only started two more games for the Vols in 2004.

“We certainly wish him well down there,” said Phillip Fulmer, Schaeffer’s former coach at Tennessee. “He’s a dynamic guy with his hands on the ball.”

“We need great play out of our quarterback position in the SEC,” Oregeron added. “I think he’ll be able to do that. He’ll be able to make plays on his own, he’ll be able to run the football when he’s being pressured. That’s what I like about him..”