Along with Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral is one of the favorites to be a high first-round pick and potential franchise quarterback. While Rattler had a mixed start to the season against Tulane, Corral cruised over Louisville moving the ball at will with his arm and legs to lead the Rebels to an easy victory.
On the first snap of the year Corral showed great patience to let a receiver get open and then he showed his quick release to fire the ball to his wide out to lead him for more yards and a gain of about 35. Later on the drive he converted a third down with a check down, fired another strike for a gain of over 20, and set up a short rushing touchdown. He was 4-of-5 for 80 yards on the opening drive of the year.
Corral led a field goal drive, and then in the second quarter finished the possession with a six-yard touchdown run. Corral showed his running burst and athleticism to dart into the end zone. In the third quarter Corral threw a touchdown pass that was called back by a penalty, and once again Ole Miss settled for a field goal. In the fourth quarter Corral threw a dart for a 37-yard touchdown, but once again the score was negated by a penalty. However a few plays later he tossed a short touchdown pass. Corral completed 22-of-32 passes for 381 yards with a touchdown. On the ground he ran for 55 yards and a touchdown.
This tape will help Corral as he showed his excellent skill set and guided the Rebels offense up and down the field. Corral threw the ball accurately firing passes to hit receivers on the run and lead them for more yards. With a quick release and patience in the pocket, Corral was dangerous to rip up the Louisville secondary. Along with his arm, Corral was dangerous with his feet taking off for good yardage on the ground and showing his athleticism to weave through the defense. Perhaps most importantly for Corral’s draft grade, he made good decisions and protected the football. Corral’s field vision and recognition was spot on leading to him avoiding mistakes. This was a fine start to the season for Corral.