Ole Miss' Masoli says he appreciates new chance

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New Mississippi quarterback Jeremiah Masoli knows this is his last chance.

Ole Miss QB Jeremiah Masoli was a last-minute arrival at camp. He was cut by Oregon after two run-ins with police.   Associated Press
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Ole Miss QB Jeremiah Masoli was a last-minute arrival at camp. He was cut by Oregon after two run-ins with police.

Masoli met with reporters Monday for the first time since joining the Rebels late last week and made clear he understands the rest of his college career hangs on his ability to stay out of trouble.

"I was just happy to have that opportunity and to get this chance, and thankful to Ole Miss, the athletics director and the chancellor for giving me my last chance," Masoli said during media day. "I understand that and I'm determined to do everything with it."

The former Oregon player was once thought to be a Heisman Trophy candidate, but he fumbled that away after two brushes with the law led to his dismissal. He was brought in by Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt under a zero-tolerance contract.

"Coach Nutt is the main reason I came here, first and foremost," Masoli said. "Just him as a person, that's what really caught my attention. I could hear the genuineness in his voice. There's just something about him that made me feel comfortable."

Masoli was a two-year starter at Oregon who last season led the Ducks to their first Pac-10 title since 2001 and their first Rose Bowl since 1995.

CLEMSON: Junior defensive end Da'Quan Bowers is likely to miss a week of practice after his father died unexpectedly.

Coach Dabo Swinney said Dennis Bowers died Sunday at age 51. A cause of death was not given. Swinney flew to Bamberg, S.C., on Sunday to be with the family.

Swinney said he didn't know how long Bowers would miss practice or when he planned to return to school.

TENNESSEE: Evander Wells ' football career is over after he tore a knee ligament. Wells, who is also a track athlete, was out of eligibility as a sprinter and walked on for the Volunteers at the beginning of fall camp, but he tore his ACL during Sunday's practice.

SYRACUSE: Star running back Delone Carter , who was suspended last semester and did not participate in spring practice, is returning.

Carter was suspended when he was charged with misdemeanor assault after a one-punch fight that followed a snowball-throwing incident on campus in February.

Carter led Syracuse last season with 1,021 yards rushing.

TEXAS: Right guard Tray Allen likely will miss the rest of training camp after aggravating a left foot injury he suffered during the spring. Texas is trying to rebuild an offensive line that lost three multiyear starters from the team that won the Big 12 last season.

VIRGINIA TECH: Nick Becton , listed as starting left tackle on the preseason depth chart, will be sidelined at least two weeks by a right toe injury.

NEW MEXICO: Defensive backs Nathan Enriquez and A.J. Williams have been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed rules violation. Enriquez played in 11 games as a freshman in 2009 and made six starts. Williams was a junior walk-on.


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