Matt Corral explains why he is playing in Sugar Bowl instead of opting out
Matt Corral will play his final Ole Miss game Saturday night in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor.
However, he could have easily opted out ahead of the bowl game, as he’s a projected first-round pick in the spring’s NFL Draft. Many top prospects are making opt-out decisions these days, but not Corral.
On Thursday, the Ole Miss signal caller was asked why he made the decision to play rather than play it safe and sit out the Sugar Bowl.
“I mean, it was just my teammates … I never questioned it … If I was them (Ole Miss teammates), in their shoes and they had a quarterback in the same position … I just couldn’t live with what they would think of me, like just leaving and just being like ‘alright that was the last game’ and nobody knowing that was the last game,” Corral told reporters. “The only reason why I say this is because no one really understands how close we really are. It just would’ve been the wrong thing to do, just not playing and just holding out on them.”
Corral had a spectacular season, throwing for 3,339 yards and 20 touchdowns. He helped lead Ole Miss to its first 10-win regular season in program history.
You can watch Corral’s full media availability below: