Entering the season, there wasn’t a quarterback controversy. The only question was who the primary backup to Matt Corral would be. The coaches never talked about another quarterback as an option to start.
Would it be John Rhys Plumlee, the baseball prospect who was fast but expected to be very raw, or would Grant Tisdale, the Allen, TX star who has a good arm but wasn’t supposed to be quite the runner necessary immediately?
Then Matt Corral got hurt after struggling a bit in the fourth game of the year, a loss to Cal. That’s where things got wild. Plumlee entered and proceeded to burst out a 40+ yard run and complete all seven of his passes, getting the Rebels a foot from an opportunity to tie the game.
When Matt Corral was ruled out for the Alabama game, the Rebels weren’t expected to score 31 points. It was supposed to be a bloodbath. The offense wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t anemic under JRP either, and Tisdale had two magnificent throws to end the game.
Given the new redshirt rule that allows players to play in four games and still redshirt, that possibility is still on the table for both of the true freshmen in a season that doesn’t seem headed towards a bowl. So the question is...