Luke Says Fans May See Rotating Quarterbacks for A&M Game

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ole Miss HC Matt Luke address the media. Photo by Steven Gagliano

The Ole Miss football team returns to the friendly confines of the Vaught this weekend as they host Texas A&M Aggies.

Head Coach Matt Luke met with local media for his weekly press conference on Monday to discuss the upcoming game.

Last week against the Missouri Tigers, Ole Miss used both John Rhys Plumlee and Matt Corral as signal-callers. Plumlee threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 23 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Corral went 10-for-16 passing for 133 yards.

“We have two really good competitors that have unique skill sets. That’s the difference, most people have guys that are similar,” Luke said. “I was very impressed with how they fed off each other and how unselfish they were, pulling for each other on the sideline. That impressed the other guys on the sideline as well. I’ve been proud of them, not only in the way they’ve been competing against each other but also pulling for each other.”

Rebel fans might possibly see rotating quarterbacks against the Aggies, Luke said.

“If we think it gives us the best chance to win the game, we’ll do it. I don’t think anything is out of the question. It will be based on the game plan and what gives us the best chance to win,” he said.

This weekend, the Landshark defense will be without Jacquez Jones and Tariqious Tisdale for the first half of the game after they got ejected for targeting in the second half versus Missouri.

“Guys have to step up. No different than an ankle injury or anything else. Next man up,” Luke said. 

The Texas A&M Aggies are coming into Oxford with a 3-3 record and 1-2 SEC mark after a 47-28 loss to No. 1 Alabama. The A&M defense is strong and physical inside.

“They are physical and fast, very good at linebacker, and are long in the secondary. Offensively, they’ve got several good receivers and (Kellen) Mond is an experienced quarterback. He can hurt you with his legs, and he can throw it. It’s a huge challenge on both sides of the ball,” Luke said.

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