Josh Heupel talks Ole Miss offense, Tennessee's ongoing QB competition
No. 13 Ole Miss travels to Tennessee on Saturday night in what is expected to be a shootout between 2 fast-paced, high-powered offenses.
The Rebels are equally dangerous running the ball and throwing the ball, and head coach Lane Kiffin isn’t afraid to take chances on 4th downs, which Volunteers coach Josh Heupel says his team needs to be ready for.
“Third down is played like second down in a lot of respects,” Heupel said during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, “It’s the analytics but it’s also the feel and flow of the ballgame. … It’s what the flow of the game says. ”
As for how his team will try to contain Ole Miss, Heupel said the Vols have to keep Rebels quarterback Matt Corral in check. But he also said that what his defense faces in practice each day should prove beneficial.
“You’ve gotta do a great job making it difficult on the quarterback,” Heupel said. “… What we do on offense helps our defense prepare, too. They understand the tempo portion of it.”
As far as his team’s situation at quarterback is concerned, while Hendon Hooker is now the starter, Heupel said that ongoing competition between Hooker and Joe Milton is good for everyone.
“Competition inside of your building and position groups is the most important thing you have as a coach,” Heupel explained. “… It pushes them on the practice field and in the meeting rooms. It also pushes them when you’re not around. … We use the phrase ‘iron sharpens iron’ around here. The strength of one position group can never just be one guy. … They do a great job helping each other out during the course of the week with preparation, too.”