CFB Player Profile: John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss

QB John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss

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HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Hattiesburg, MS (Oak Grove)
247 RATING: .8936
YEAR: Sophomore

Passing: 910 yards (52.7%), 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Rushing: 1,023 yards (6.6 ypc), 6 touchdowns

Passing: 910 yards (52.7%), 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Rushing: 1,023 yards (6.6 ypc), 6 touchdowns


John Rhys Plumlee Breakdown

– Acceleration
– Game changer
– Balance
– Toughness
– Smart
– Anticipation
– Windup
– Progression
– Hits

John Rhys Plumlee committed to Georgia originally, but flipped to Ole Miss. He sat behind Matt Corral to start the season, but took over when injuries and inconsistent play hit Corral. Both saw reps at quarterback, but it was Plumlee that stole the spotlight. Also a baseball player, Plumlee has the arm talent to become a dangerous dual threat quarterback, he just needs to work on a few things.

Plumlee tends to wait until his receivers get open before attempting a throw. He’ll need to work on anticipating where the route takes his receivers, and that comes with time. His progressions and decision making need to be quicker as well, which would help with getting the football thrown on time. He has a little bit of a longer windup, which also lengthens getting the ball out. If he can learn the offense better, he’ll anticipate and run through his progressions more efficiently. Improving his game as a passer makes him a bigger threat, and he’s already dominant as a runner.

Plumlee’s a bowling ball when he’s a runner, and one defender isn’t enough to take him down. His leg drive and balance through contact keep him upright even when multiple players are trying to tackle him at the same time. Once he’s in open space, it doesn’t take long for him to get to top speed and break away from the defense. We saw that doesn’t just pertain to weaker competition too. Against LSU, he had a few runs where he ran away from Tigers defenders with relative ease, and also broke a number of tackles without losing much speed.

There aren’t many players that can change a game like Plumlee, and the scary part is he’s fairly one dimensional still. He doesn’t shy away from big time competition (as evident with his 212 yard, four touchdown performance against LSU shows), and he’s a nightmare to stop in the running game. Even if you have him cornered, you better bring help. Plumlee’s elite when it comes to running the ball, and teams better hope he doesn’t figure out the passing game.

Joe Broback
Joe Broback

Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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