OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss fans still don’t know which quarterback will be at the helm of the Rebels at kickoff against Vandy Saturday; however, what is clear is that there’s a good chance both redshirt freshman Matt Corral and true freshman John Rhys Plumlee will take snaps against the Commodores.
Beyond that, though, it’s anybody’s guess.
“I think you’ll see both at some point in the game,” head coach Matt Luke said after practice Wednesday.
Plumlee started for Ole Miss last Saturday in Tuscaloosa after Matt Corral, who started the first four games of 2019 for the Rebels, suffered bruised ribs in the prior week’s game against Cal.
Following practice on Wednesday, Coach Luke was immediately asked about his signal-caller situation. He said both Corral and Plumlee split reps with the ones at Wednesday’s practice.
“He looked good today at practice,” said Luke of Corral. “Him and John Rhys both got reps with the ones. (True freshman quarterback) Grant (Tisdale) got some reps, as well. I’ve thought they’ve all looked good. I think we’re fortunate that we’ve got good players there.
“I don’t know who’s going to start yet, but they all got reps and looked good today.“
Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke on his QB situation
Luke went on to add that Saturday’s starter may not be determined until game-time.
When Coach Luke was asked if he thinks Corral is completely healthy, he said it’s hard to tell with one-hundred percent certainty because the quarterbacks don’t go full contact in practice, but he added: “He has looked good. I haven’t noticed anything holding him back.”
Luke says he is pleased with his team’s performance this week as they head into a Homecoming game against Vandy.
“I thought the energy has been good, the attention to detail has been good. We’re trying to clean up some things that we need to get better at. We’re just going to try to take the next step. Anything we get, we’ve got to go earn. Practice makes permanent and we’re just trying to keep getting better each week and taking the next step. That’s what we have to do.“
Coach Luke on this week’s practice
Fans will find out which QB gets the start at 6:30 p.m. (CT) Saturday. Ole Miss (2-3, 1-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC) will be televised on the SEC Network.