Report: Lane Kiffin settles on Ole Miss' starting QB against Florida
Ole Miss has reportedly settled on its starting quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Matt Corral will reportedly take the first snap, according to a report by Matt Zenitz of AL.com.
Corral gets the nod over John Rhys Plumlee. Last season, Corral started the first four games of the season with Plumlee taking over the rest of the way. Zenitz notes that Plumlee is still expected to get playing time on Saturday.
Corral was committed to the Jim McElwain staff at Florida in 2017. After McElwain was fired and UF hired Dan Mullen, Corral committed to Ole Miss while Mullen signed Emory Jones in his UF transition class.
The move suggests Kiffin’s staff is looking for passing production from its quarterback. Last season, Corral was a more effective passer than Plumlee, with a higher completion percentage (59 to 52.7) for more yards per attempt (7.7 to 6.1). Plumlee excelled as a runner, gaining 1,023 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
Saturday’s game is set for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff from Oxford, airing on ESPN.