Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin updates Rebels QB decisions before Georgia Tech game

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

OXFORD − Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin still hasn't decided on a starting quarterback for the Rebels' upcoming game against Georgia Tech.

The No. 17 Rebels (2-0) visit Georgia Tech (1-1) in Atlanta on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ABC). Even with the game three days away, Kiffin says he hasn't made a choice between sophomores Luke Altmyer and Jaxson Dart as to which quarterback will begin the game behind center.

"We've not made that decision," Kiffin said on the weekly SEC coaches' teleconference Wednesday. "Both guys continue to battle. They've done some good things and some things they need to do better. They're both still young, in their second year of college. So we hope they improve this week."

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Dart started the Rebels' opener vs. Troy and Altmyer start Game 2 against Central Arkansas, but both passers have played in both games. Altmyer played the fourth quarter in relief of Dart Week 1 and Dart played most of the second half in Week 2 after Altmyer left the game in the second quarter with an injury.

Kiffin said Altmyer's injury is not a concern and he expects both quarterbacks to be able to play Saturday as they did the previous weeks.

"I think he's fine," Kiffin said. "He understands it's a competition and it's still wide open, so I see both guys playing."

Kiffin repeated Wednesday what he's said throughout the quarterback battle: He would like to choose one quarterback rather than play two and he isn't in favor of running a two-quarterback system throughout the season. But Dart and Altmyer have posted similar results throughout the spring and summer, making it difficult for the Rebels to differentiate between their passers.

In two games, Dart is 28-for-42 passing with 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Altmyer is 7-for-15 passing with 103 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Altmyer also has a rushing touchdown but Dart has more rushing yards with 45.

The Rebels return home after facing Georgia Tech to play Tulsa next Saturday. After the Tulsa game, the Rebels play eight-consecutive games against SEC foes in nine weeks.

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