Matt Luke evaluates two-QB system, says team is 'tired of coming close'
Ole Miss is entering its fourth game using two quarterbacks and coach Matt Luke has said the team is still looking for the right balance and production. The Rebels get another chance this week against New Mexico State.
“We have to make some plays in the passing game to get over that hump,” Luke said at his regular weekly press conference. “I think you go out and execute what you do. Because again, you got to go back to the fact that you’re in games, and you have chances to win these games, and if we execute better we feel we’ll win the games.”
The Rebels largely went with John Rhys Plumlee down the stretch in the loss to Auburn on Saturday, though Matt Corral played in the first half. Plumlee was 11-for-21 passing for 86 yards and an interception. Corral was 3-for-6 passing for 13 yards. Plumlee also added 92 yards rushing against Auburn on 17 carries with a TD.
Against Texas A&M in the previous game, Corral was 10-for-17 passing for 124 yards and an interception, while Plumlee was 4-for-12 passing for 31 yards. Plumlee had 38 rushing yards then.
Luke called the last two games and Ole Miss’ quarterback play disappointing.
“We’re right there, we have an opportunity to win these games,” he said. “What can we do to get over the hump. I think again, it’s attention to detail, continue to play with effort. Continue to put yourself in those situations.”
Luke added that the good thing is “we’re not a finished product, we’ve got a long way to go.”
“We’re playing against the best there is in the country and we’re right there with young players,” Luke said. “To me, I know we’re going to get there, we’ve just got to continue to work and keep pushing.”