Ole Miss QB Matt Corral injured his leg at Sugar Bowl
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UPDATE 10:11 PM EST: Matt Corral is now on the sidelines for the Rebels on crutches. ESPN’s Katie George reported that the players and coaches have come to console the quarterback. While no details have been provided on the injury, Corral will not be returning to the game and there are now very real concerns about ligament damage.
Ole quarterback Miss Matt Corral suffered a leg injury in the Sugar Bowl, requiring the help of coaches to leave the field.
Trying to escape a sack in the first quarter against Baylor, Corral’s leg awkwardly twisted beneath him and he immediately fell in pain. As the Baylor players celebrated the sack, Corral stayed on the grass and immediately grabbed his leg.
Ole Miss’s medical staff rushed to check on the star quarterback. After several minutes, the All-SEC second team passer attempted to stand up on his own, but was unable to. Coaches assisted him on the sidelines for further evaluation, with growing concern for the quarterback’s leg.
- Matt Corral Statistics: 3,339 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 68.4% completion rate, 157.5 passer rating
Unfortunately, things are looking bleak for the future NFL quarterback. After being examined in the medical tent, two coaches helped him get on the cart and he was taken to the locker room.
Corral revealed in November that he plans to declare himself for the 2022 NFL Draft, with a realistic chance of being the first quarterback selected. Despite his plans to turn pro, he wanted to play in the Fiesta Bowl to compete with his teammates one last time.
Sadly, the injury is a reminder of why many of college football’s top draft-eligible players are retiring from bowl games. With millions of dollars at stake and their future at stake, there is far too much to risk playing in a non-playoff game. Now the footballing world can only hope Corral has avoided a devastating injury that will hurt his draft stock and cost him millions.