Matt Luke reveals how Matt Corral won Ole Miss's starting QB job, what his strengths are
The Ole Miss Rebels will turn to redshirt freshman QB Matt Corral as their starter this fall, replacing Jordan Ta’amu.
Corral is the youngest player at SEC Media Days in Hoover, and he was a topic of discussion for head coach Matt Luke in his main press conference.
Luke explained how Corral won the job, what role his true freshman season played in the decision to name him the starter and what he brings to the table from a talent standpoint (via ASAPSports):
Q. How is it that Matt won the starting quarterback job, and just would you describe what his strengths are, what his assets that he brings?
MATT LUKE: So, as far as — we have four freshmen quarterbacks on our team. Matt was the beneficiary of that four-game redshirt rule. So he was able to get those four games under his belt, and you can really see that in the spring. It really separated himself from the other quarterbacks.
Matt’s a very, very talented guy. He can make all of the throws. He can throw off platform. He’s accurate from a bunch of different odd angles. He’s got escapability in the pocket, and then all of the intangibles with the toughness that we’ve already talked about. So I think the combination of all of that made him the choice.
Corral made full use of his four-game allotment, completing 16 of his 22 passes for 239 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 83 yards and two scores.
He’ll be a player to watch in the SEC this fall, as it seems the Rebels have full confidence in him.