John Rhys Plumlee shows unique leadership skills for freshman before first start
Many true freshman would be nervous ahead of their first career start, especially when that’s coming against one of the top college football teams in the country.
Not John Rhys Plumlee.
The Ole Miss quarterback led the Rebels into battle against Alabama, which was ranked No. 2 at the time, and before doing so, he gave an impressive short speech to his teammates. Ahead of leading them onto the field, he stopped and let them know that he was going to be giving 100 percent and that he wanted the same from them.
It was a cool moment shared by Ole Miss on Twitter on Tuesday:
"Don't do your role for you, do it for somebody else – 10's giving 100 percent, all I'm asking for is the same." – @PlumleeJohn
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) October 1, 2019
Despite playing one of the top defenses in the country, Plumlee had a solid showing in his first start. He went 10-for-28 for 141 yards and two touchdowns while also having 25 rushes for 109 yards and a touchdown.
The Rebels lost to the Crimson Tide 59-31, but it was a positive that Plumlee played well.
Redshirt freshman Matt Corral will likely be back soon after missing the Alabama game with bruised ribs, but Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said this week that Plumlee played well enough to earn more playing time. So it will be interesting to see how the Rebels use the two quarterbacks moving forward.
Ole Miss returns to action Saturday when it hosts Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.