Plumlee Named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor
adam.brown@hottytoddy.com

John Rhys Plumlee rushed for 177 yards against the Aggies and passed for 124. Photo by Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss’ quarterback John Rhys Plumlee was named Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Week by the league office on Monday after his performance in 41-3 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies.

Plumlee etched his name into the all-time record books for the Rebels as he reset some of the all-time freshman rushing records. The Hattiesburg native recorded 301 yards of total offense with two touchdowns and 177 yards on the ground.

Plumlee broke the all-time freshman rusher record on the first play from scrimmage with a 14-yard dash. The record was held by Mico McSwain with 612 yards in 2005. He then surpassed Joe Gunn’s 1998 freshman rushing touchdown record with his sixth and seventh TD.

In SEC contests, Plumlee ranks third in the conference in rushing touchdowns (five) and fourth in rushing attempts (100). The signal-caller is second in yards on the ground per game (109.4). He’s also the first Power 5 QB to rush for 100 or more yards in each of his first three starts since Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez and Michigan’s Denard Robinson in 2010.

Ole Miss returns to the Vaught Saturday evening as they play host to the No. 1 LSU Tigers. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN.


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