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Report: Dismissed Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli could be headed to UNLV

Jeremiah Masoli

Associated Press

In this Dec. 3, 2009, file photo, Oregon quarterback vlooks downfield during an NCAA college football game with Oregon State in Eugene, Ore. Masoli, who helped lead the Ducks to the Pac-10 Conference title and a Rose Bowl berth last season, faces a burglary charge in connection with a theft at a campus fraternity house in late January

Scout.com is reporting that former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli could be transferring to UNLV.

Masoli, who was suspended for the 2010 season following a guilty plea to a burglary charge and kicked off the team in early June after being cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop, would be eligible this fall at UNLV.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Masoli threw for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns last season in helping Oregon win the Pac-10 title. He also rushed for 668 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Before the legal problems, which happened during a six-month span after Masoli quarterbacked Oregon in a Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State on New Year's Day, he was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate and potential NFL draft pick.

Chris Courtney of Educk.com, Scout's Website dedicated to Oregon sports, tweeted the following today: "Hearing whispers that former Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli could be bound for UNLV and be eligible to play this upcoming season."

Masoli had been reported to be headed to Hawaii and Mississippi. However, both programs denied those reports.

ESPN Insider also has a report on Masoli coming to UNLV, but questions how Masoli would fit into first-year coach Bobby Hauck's offense.

"Seriously, could there be a better match for the legally challenged former Oregon QB than Sin City? And on the football side, new Rebels coach Bobby Hauck certainly needs all the help he can get," ESPN wrote.

"However, Hauck ran a ground-based, possession-oriented attack (albeit a high-scoring one) at Montana; would he be willing to adapt to the freewheeling Masoli, an ideal spread-option QB?"

Hauck did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Masoli would be eligible because he finished requirements for an undergraduate degree at Oregon this summer.

UNLV primarily used three quarterbacks during spring practice — senior Omar Clayton, who started most of 2009 before being injured, junior Mike Clausen and redshirt freshman Caleb Herring.

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