NEW ORLEANS — Matt Corral craved more yards, and he wasn’t going to let some 6-foot-3, 237-pound linebacker stop him from getting them.
So, the Ole Miss quarterback lowered his shoulder and barreled over Baylor’s Matt Jones amid a 15-yard run to move the chains on fourth down during the first quarter of Saturday’s Sugar Bowl.
Four plays later, Corral crawled on the field in anguish after suffering a right leg injury while getting sacked. His college career was finished.
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MATT CORRAL INJURY: Shows why college football players opt out of bowl games
Corral spent the next three quarters supporting his teammates from the sideline on crutches as he watched the No. 8 Rebels (10-3) lose 21-7 to No. 6 Baylor (12-2) at the Superdome.
Corral’s injury coupled with Baylor’s relentless pass rush and three interceptions neutered an offense that ranked among the nation’s best. The nature of Corral’s injury and whether it will affect his first-round NFL Draft stock is unclear, but coach Lane Kiffin said an X-ray on Corral’s injury came back negative.
Throughout Corral’s final college season, Ole Miss’ man of moxie supplied the strongest wind in the Rebels’ sails. He seems like a hard-nosed, football-loving guy who cares for his teammates.
Corral debunks the hot take supplied Saturday morning by ESPN’s star analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who came off as a grump when he bemoaned that “this era of player just doesn’t love football,” while he opined through the lens of bowl-game opt-outs.
What metric is Herbstreit using to measure his claim? Did he poll players’ love of the game in 1991 and again in 2021?
Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, elaborated that some players still have passion for the game, but not as many as in his day. He cited…