Ole Miss QB Matt Corral avoids serious injury

Jan 1, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) reacts after an apparent injury while being sacked by Baylor Bears defensive tackle Cole Maxwell (not pictured) during the first half in the 2022 Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral received some good news one day after his team lost the Sugar Bowl, when an X-ray confirmed that he merely has a sprained right ankle.

While an MRI still is scheduled to confirm the diagnosis, Corral’s draft status is not expected to be affected.

Corral left the Sugar Bowl on Saturday night with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter after a sack left him with a lower leg injury.

Corral, who was seventh in Heisman Trophy voting, was sacked by Baylor defensive lineman Cole Maxwell on the Rebels’ third series after converting a pair of fourth-down plays to keep the drive alive.

The quarterback clutched at his right ankle, stayed on the turf briefly and eventually left the field on a cart.

Corral, who also injured his ankle on Halloween weekend at Auburn, was replaced by true freshman Luke Altmyer, who threw an interception that was returned for a 96-yard touchdown. Baylor was able to finish off a 21-7 victory.

Corral, who decided against opting out of his final college game, will enter the NFL draft next spring and is projected to be a first-round selection.

Corral rushed seven times for 17 yards and was 2-for-6 passing for 10 yards with an interception before leaving the scoreless game.

He threw for 3,349 yards this season with 20 TDs and five interceptions and passed for more than 8,000 yards in 37 career games for the Rebels, connecting on 57 TDs with 23 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

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