Lane Kiffin discusses spring quarterback competition between Dart and Altmyer

OXFORD, Mississippi — As Ole Miss searches for Matt Corral’s replacement at quarterback heading into the 2022 season, competition for the caller continues in Oxford.

Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin was made available to the media on Tuesday, and he opened his press conference by discussing the benefits of competing in general in several positions on the pitch.

“Saturday was good,” Kiffin said. “The guys made a lot of plays on both sides. It’s been very competitive. Competition makes everyone better, so that’s good.”

Lane Kiffin and Matt Corral

Kiffin then addressed the quarterback competition itself. USC transfer Jaxson Dart and incumbent Luke Altmyer are the clubhouse leaders to replace Corral this fall.

“It’s kind of a coaching talk, but both guys made a lot of plays,” Kiffin said. “It’s a good competition. Jaxson made more plays on the court, but he also made more mistakes. Luke was a bit more consistent that way.

“One guy has been in the system longer, so we’ll see.”

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Jaxson Dart

Starkville High School (Miss.) quarterback rookie Trey Petty was recently on campus and also observed a practice at Ole Miss, and he came away with similar impressions. Petty currently plays for the same high school that produced Altmyer before his college years.

“Both QBs, Dart and Luke moved the ball well,” he said. “Luke was better at decision making and he moved the ball a bit better than Dart. If he had to get away he would, but Dart was better on the move I think.

“And Luke ran with them all day and looked like he was controlling the speed of the game.”

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Luc Altmyer

Ole Miss just wrapped up a historic 2021 campaign where she won 10 regular season games for the first time in program history. The Rebels will open their 2022 season at home against Troy in September.


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