Tahlequah Daily Press

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June 29, 2011

Stanley headed to SE Louisiana

Nathan Stanley is staying in the South. He just won't be in the Southeastern Conference anymore.

The former Sequoyah quarterback — who announced he was leaving Ole Miss in April — has enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University to compete the transfer process.

"I liked what I saw; I liked their offense," Stanley told the Tahlequah Daily Press late Tuesday night. "I just decided that's where I needed to go."

Stanley, who graduated from Sequoyah in 2008, was slated to be the Rebels' starting quarterback prior to the 2010 season, but Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli, instead, entered the picture and started 11 of Ole Miss' 12 games last season. Stanley's lone start of the 2010 season came in the Rebels' 49-48, overtime loss to Jacksonville State to start the 2010 campaign.

With the move to the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) — formerly known as Division I-AA, Stanley will be eligible immediately for the Lions. He'll begin the Lions' offseason program right away before diving into drills and practices once August rolls around.

"I'll start summer workouts, and we'll throw during the summer," Stanley said. "And then we'll start practicing in the beginning of August."

Before Stanley chose Southeastern Louisiana (located in Hammond, La.), he mulled over other potential stops such as Tulsa, Montana, Montana State and Stephen F. Austin in Texas. Ultimately, though, Stanley selected the Lions because of his chances to crack the quarterback rotation right away.

"I really like their competition at quarterback," said Stanley, who's likely to compete with a pair of redshirt freshmen, Jordan Barnett and Jeremy Meyers, and a junior, Brian Young, at the QB spot, according to the Lions' roster on their website. "I feel like I have a good shot of going in there and being able to play right away."

Stanley said another appealing aspect of the Lions, who went 2-9 in 2010, was that they operate a pass-first-run-second offense.

"I like their offense because they run the spread (formation) with kind of a no-huddle [pace]," said Stanley of the Lions, who threw 434 times in 2010 compared to only 365 rushing attempts. "They throw the ball a lot, which is what any quarterback likes to have."

As far as his days at Ole Miss go, Stanley said he's glad he got the opportunity to play and learn from a knowledgeable coaching staff.

"I had the opportunity to work with a lot of good coaches there," said Stanley, who completed 28 of 55 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns to go along with two interceptions during two seasons with the Rebels. "They taught me a lot as far as terminology, reading defenses and I think I'll benefit well from that."

And according to Stanley, his days of competing against SEC defenses in practice and games will sure help in the league he's about to venture into: the Southland Conference.

"Every day in practice, I was going up against our SEC defense," Stanley said. "So that will definitely benefit me going forward."

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