Monday, September 28, 2020

Ole Miss Looks Toward Homecoming Against Vanderbilt

Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke. Photo by Adam Brown

On Monday, head coach Matt Luke met with the local media and discussed the upcoming homecoming matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Ole Miss comes into the week after falling to then the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide 59-31 on the road this past weekend.

“You’re always disappointed when you lose, but you have to give Alabama credit. They’re the number one team in the country for a reason,” Luke said.

The Rebels did lose some players to injury against Alabama. True freshman nose tackle Patrick Lucas Jr. tore his Achilles and will be out for the year.

“He’ll have surgery on Thursday and he did not play in all four games, so he’ll be able to keep his redshirt,” Luke said.

Junior defensive end Ryder Anderson hurt his ankle and knee.

“(Anderson) will go under the knife on Thursday and will be out four to six weeks, but we will know more after the surgery,” Luke said.

Jon Haynes tweaked an ankle and will be day-to-day, according to Luke.

This weekend, Ole Miss is going to honor Patrick Willis.

“We’re really excited to be coming home. Homecoming evening game, we’re going to honor Patrick Willis so I expect this to be a great crowd. This is a huge game for us,” Luke said.

When the Rebels hit the practice field on Tuesday, Luke said he is anxious to see Matt Corral throw and see how he does at practice.

Against the Commodores, fans will see John Rhys Plumlee take the field in some form no matter how whether or not Corral is health.