Former Ole Miss QB Lands New Starting Job

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Former Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee has won the job at UCF.

The Knights announced Sunday afternoon that the dual-threat passer had secured the QB1 role for Gus Malzahn’s team.

Prior to leaving Oxford, Plumlee threw for 981 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for a staggering 1,189 yards and 12 touchdowns.

His most memorable game by far came against top-ranked LSU in 2019. He rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns and also threw for 123 yards and an interception. It was the game that put John Rhys Plumlee on the map for casual college football fans.

Former Ole Miss QB John Rhys Plumlee named starting QB at UCF. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Eventually, the Rebels switched him to a wide receiver role and he bounced for Orlando to play for UCF.

John Rhys Plumlee wins the starting QB job for UCF. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)> on April 16, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Now, he’s back under center as the starting quarterback of the UCF Knights. It’s been a bit of a chaotic journey, but he’s, once again, a major quarterback in college football.

UCF names John Rhys Plumlee starting quarterback. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Will Plumlee be able to recapture the magic he had at times in 2019? Time will tell, but Gus Malzahn absolutely has a great athlete under center!

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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