Ole Miss quarterback Grant Tisdale is looking to leave the program and elected to enter the transfer portal.
The true freshman played in one game as a Rebel, appearing in the 59-31 loss to Alabama, a game where he threw a 28-yard touchdown pass and rushed two times for 10 yards. Tisdale hasn’t taken another snap in game since while John Rhys Plumlee has had four starts.
Tisdale was a four-star dual-threat quarterback out of Allen, Texas in the class of 2019, and joined fellow Allen High School alumni Jaylon Jones in Oxford.
“I just found out today. Grant’s my guy so I wish him nothing but the best,” Jones said on Tuesday. “Everything happens for a reason. I support what he did, and it is what it is. I just know great things are going to come his way.”
The quarterback was taking snaps with the second team ahead of recent-starter John Rhys Plumlee throughout spring football and preseason camp, but he was held on the bench when Matt Corral left the California game with a rib injury. Since then, Plumlee has emerged as the starter while Tisdale was left shelved.
“I did see each in practice, with all the quarterbacks but with Grant, too, he always kept a smile,” Jones said. “He worked hard, real hard. He threw good balls and did what the coaches asked, but it’s not my say on if I felt like he should be on the field.”
The transfer portal was recently introduced last year as the first step for players looking to transfer, making it possible for any coach to contact them. Tisdale is the first major player to enter the database for the Rebels due to lack of playing time.
For Ole Miss, the loss of their third string will most likely cause Kinkead Dent to assume Tisdale’s place ahead of Saturday’s game against Auburn.
Plumlee, off a minor knee surgery last week, is expected to be healthy, along with Matt Corral taking lead snaps in practice. These two quarterbacks are likely to share the offensive responsibilities against Auburn, like they have in recent weeks.