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Ole Miss star QB Matt Corral, one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft, declined to opt-out of the Sugar Bowl against Baylor. During the Sugar Bowl, Corral suffered a lower leg injury that would take him out of the game and put him in crutches.


Ole Miss star QB Matt Corral, one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft, declined to opt-out of the Sugar Bowl against Baylor. During the Sugar Bowl, Corral suffered a lower leg injury that would take him out of the game and put him in crutches.

Ole Miss star QB Matt Corral, one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft, declined to opt-out of the Sugar Bowl against Baylor. During the Sugar Bowl, Corral suffered a lower leg injury that would take him out of the game and put him in crutches. from sports




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37 Comments

  • ibekeggy2

    Gotta protect your investment. Let this be a reminder to all those kids who are entering the draft. If you fall in the draft due to an injury the school DEFINITELY ain’t covering your losses.

  • Ares1935

    the announcers keep talking about how the “bowl games dont matter” (though they praise Corral for playing anyway)

    I dont get it… If the only thing that matters is the CFP, then there are like 100 division 1 teams that never mattered…

    I mean, as soon as you pick up your 2nd loss in the season, you can pretty much write off a chance of a CFP bid.

    Why is the bowl game “meaningless”? I imagine its the same opportunity to display your skill as all the other games, no?

  • dtc55

    Hopefully it’s a high ankle sprain and nothing is broken or torn. It’s a shitty injury, but it wouldn’t be career altering.

  • defaultman707

    I don’t blame any player for opting out of a bowl game as I understand that their future is more important in a lot of the cases. I personally just feel like I couldn’t miss out on a bowl game if I were in the same situation, but then again, I’m not in that situation so I really don’t know.

  • Holmesnight

    I also understand his decision. Roomed with two football players in Toledo and they were pretty good both years (bowl games and all) one went to the NFL, not a high pick but hell made a team then spent years on the practice squads of teams. Those two would have done anything to make their team better and not let down their teammates. I don’t think it was for the school but rather for each other. I can’t imagine either of them saying sorry guys this Motor City Bowl isn’t doing me shit see ya on the other side, however, they weren’t first rounders either so I get both sides of this argument.

  • KodiakJedi

    He’s a mid first round QB battling 2-3 others that are all ranked close to each other. Some have him as the 3rd best QB. Baylor is 7th in the nation. What happens if the other quarterbacks don’t play and he goes out and lights up Baylor. Could he jump in front of the others draft stock wise? People say it’s meaningless, and yes it is as far as winning a championship, but it’s still another chance to showcase your ability. Every game has risk. I get why some decide not to play. If he was going to be the number one pick overall and risk losing that that’s a bit different. In the end it’s a personal choice and it’s not always about the money. I think it also goes to character, and while a minor thing I think some GM’s will have that on their list when comparing quarterbacks that this guy didn’t quit. Quarterback is one position where character and the intangibles means so much more. If he’s good enough, even with a leg injury he’s going to get drafted.

  • sgtpepperslaststand

    Never understand the criticism of a guy not playing if anything it gives the next guy up a chance to play and earn a spot for next year

  • santichrist

    If he opted out everyone would’ve slammed him including his school, whenever kids protect their future they get shit for it, unlucky break for him

  • tork87

    If coaches were getting $150K a season, I would feel one way.

    $10 million plus a year? Fuck ’em, get your money boys.

    Corral probably was just trying to boost his draft stock. He’s not completely boned anyways.

  • Kokamocha

    I hope he insured himself, a lot of projected top-picks do. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu did at Oregon, got injured his final year and was paid out $3 million.

  • 2fly2hide

    I’m sure he had a loss of value insurance policy. He’ll be OK. It just sucks because he will be used as an example on why players should opt out in the future.

    I,for one, don’t blame anyone for opting out. I would in a heartbeat. However, I love college football and want to see the best players in bowl games, especially the big games.

  • sebeku2

    These announcers are pathetic trying to use Corral as a way to use their narrative about doing the things the “right way” and sh*tting on guys getting their NIL money, transferring and opting out. Super hypocritical coming from ESPN

  • Teddyballgameyo

    Another guy that decided to play, Aiden Hutchinson of Michigan, looked terrible against Georgia. He was projected as a possible #1 pick. I wonder if his stock falls now that we’ve seen him play against actual NFL sized offensive lineman.

    We aren’t bothered by guys saying “I’m sitting out so I won’t get injured”….but how would people react if a guy said “I’m sitting out so I don’t look average against a team full of monsters like Georgia” lol. Just a thought.

  • Occams_ElectricRazor

    This is exactly why they opt out. Who was that announcer that was criticizing them? This game is fucking pointless and, while he ended up being OK, this could have hurt his career for a school that truly doesn’t give a fuck about him.

  • Madpup70

    What slot of the old school mouth breathers don’t understand is that falling from a mid first to a second round pick due to injury is likely to cost you millions of dollars, an amount of money that 99% of people on this planet won’t earn in a single lifetime. The only players who should play in those games are the ones who are trying to raise their draft stock.

  • ZimbabweHeist

    I never begrudged those who had high draft stock and said no thanks. I feel like the opt outs are especially more important for the offensive guys as they will be taking most of the hits. Sure freak accidents can occur on defense.

  • beehundred

    I understand wanting to protect your future, but where do you draw the line? If Ole Miss started out the season 0-4, does he just sit for the rest of the season? I mean, you can’t make the CFP with 4 losses, so the remaining games would be “pointless”, right?

  • noffinater

    “Declined to opt out” is a funny way to put it… like he opted out of opting out.

    In other words, he decided to play football.

  • Aeraphel

    Crazy how much one guy changes a team, almost certain ole miss would have completely smashed Baylor had he not been injured, he gets injured & suddenly they can only put up 7pts

  • Greekwarrior06

    Fuck the old-heads who dislike opting out. They’re just mad that these players aren’t completely being taken advantage of like they were.

  • tribriguy

    Can’t stand the opt out. I wouldn’t hire one of those, I don’t care how good they are. Flame me for the unpopular opinion…whatever. It’s a risk-averse quitters attitude in my book. I’ll take this guy 100 times out of 100.

  • southtampacane

    Every time a player gets hurt in a bowl game there are a sea of hot takes about it’s okay them bailing on the team and protecting their future. But other than a few players who may have been drafted later it’s pretty rare. I can understand it but I’m not a fan of the practice. I have a lot of respect for those who don’t bail and want to go to war with their teammates especially in a New Year’s Day game like that.

    Glad he is going to be all right. I will take him over the Christian McCaffrey types any day of the week.

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