Ole Miss coach Matt Luke praises freshman QB Matt Corral's second-half performance vs. ULM
The Ole Miss Rebels had a lot go right for their offense on Saturday, putting up a whopping 70 points in a 70-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
After a huge first half from starting QB Jordan Ta’amu, freshman backup Matt Corral took over and continued the Rebels’ domination. Corral, in his first extended action of the year, completed all 10 of his pass attempts for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 78 yards and added a touchdown on the ground.
During Monday’s press conference, coach Matt Luke weighed in on Corral’s performance, saying he was happy to have Corral working with the first unit offensively for a bit (via OleMissSports.com):
“I was very pleased with him,” Luke said. “He showed the ability to hand the ball off, to make the throws in the RPO game, having to make those decisions and, obviously, the ability to pull it and run it and make a big play. I think he brings something a little bit different to the table, just a little bit different personality, but was happy to get him some quality reps and get it with the first team offensive line and the first team receivers. I thought that was important.”
Ta’amu is still the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback for the Rebels moving forward, but Corral’s big day will certainly have Rebel fans excited for the future.
We’ll see if Corral gets any action at Arkansas this weekend or not.