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Ole Miss QBs, defense face spring-game scrutiny

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - With a wide-open quarterback race and several holes to fill on the defense, Mississippi is facing arguably its most important spring game during coach Houston Nutt's 4-year tenure.

In the aftermath of a disappointing 4-8 season, he's pitting two relatively equal teams against each other on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in hopes of creating a realistic atmosphere.

The four-man quarterback race was reduced to three this week when Nathan Stanley decided to leave the program. Stanley was the team's most experienced quarterback after being used as a backup the past two seasons.

The remaining candidates are junior college transfers Zack Stoudt and Randall Mackey and West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti.

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