Matt Luke explains how QB playing time will be disbursed ahead of Texas A&M
The major storyline for Ole Miss this season is becoming the two-quarterback system that Rich Rodriguez and Matt Luke deploy with John Rhys Plumlee and Matt Corral.
Plumlee, the speedster, has rushed for more than 100 yards each of the last 3 games, and had 143 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 40-yard run, in the Rebels loss at Missouri on Saturday. Meanwhile, Corral is the quarterback most likely in passing situations.
But against Missouri, the Rebels switched the quarterbacks on consecutive plays, especially in the second half.
Corral was 10-for-16 passing for 133 yards. Plumlee was 8-for-17 passing for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“If we believe it gives us the best chance to win the game, that’s what we’re going to do,” Luke said at his regular Monday press conference. “We have two great competitors who have really unique skill-sets. I was very impressed with how much they competed and also how they pulled for each other.”
Ole Miss faces a dual-threat QB this week in Kellen Mond, and that’s something that Luke said offers a tough task for the defense.
“They have designed QB runs,” he said. “When you have a guy who can do that as well as throw it, it presents challenges.”
The Rebels will play host to Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. local time on Saturday on the SEC Network.