Matt Luke, Rich Rodriguez offer latest update on Ole Miss QB situation
The Ole Miss coaching staff has some decisions to make this week about its quarterbacks ahead of playing host to Vanderbilt.
The Rebels are coming off a game in which starter Matt Corral sat out with an injury to his ribs, and John Rhys Plumleee took the majority of snaps and was 10-for-28 passing for 141 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. But Grant Tisdale also was 2-for-2 for 56 yards with a touchdown. Plumlee had 25 carries for 109 yards against Alabama, and Tisdale had two carries for 10 yards.
“You will see Plumlee this week no matter what happens,” coach Matt Luke said at the weekly press conference, and referred to Tisdale, too. “It makes you feel good that you have three good freshmen quarterbacks. I was happy to see (Tisdale) take advantage of his reps when he got out there.”
Offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez was less open about who might play, or how much.
“We hope Matt can get healthy, but I was pleased with the way John Rhys played Saturday as a true freshman,” Rodriguez said. “Beyond that, I’ll see you Saturday. … I think all our guys in the QB group are all in and work really hard and are really competitive and know we aren’t averse to playing multiple guys.”
Rodriguez said the Rebels split practice reps evenly, so the No. 1 player doesn’t necessarily get more time than the backups.
“It’s still early,” he said. “They’re still learning. Every week they get a little different coverage. The experience has been invaluable. If they are what I think they are…they’ll keep getting better. If they keep progressing like they are, it’ll be exciting.”