QB Schaeffer eligible to play at Ole Miss

Brent Schaeffer's journey back to the Southeastern Conference hit full stride Wednesday.

The quarterback's stepfather, Adolph Lewis, told ESPN's Joe Schad that Mississippi has declared Schaeffer academically eligible to play this season.

Lewis said Schaeffer met academic requirements at the College of Sequoias in California and was scheduled to take part in Ole Miss' first practice this week. The former Tennessee quarterback was declared the Rebels' QB by coach Ed Orgeron back on signing day.

Orgeron has said that Schaeffer, who missed the entire spring, will operate a scaled-back offense, especially in the early weeks of the season.

Wednesday night, Schaeffer was en route to Oxford Miss., and a university source confirmed that he will be admitted to the school.

Schaeffer played one season for Tennessee, throwing for 302 yards and two touchdowns in eight games and rushing for 66 yards and one touchdown. He missed four games after injuring his collarbone.

According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, Schaeffer had a deal with Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer that prevented him from transferring to a rival SEC school unless he first attended a junior college.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.