Ole Miss' Matt Corral, top NFL QB prospect, suffers leg injury in Sugar Bowl loss

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Matt Corral, the Ole Miss quarterback who was set to turn pro, was carted to the locker room on Saturday night during the team’s Sugar Bowl loss to Baylor.

Corral injured his right leg while being sacked by Baylor’s Cole Maxwell during the first quarter. He was helped off the field by trainers and took the cart from the sideline to get X-rays.

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral warms up for the team’s Sugar Bowl game against Baylor in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
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Matt Corral of the Mississippi Rebels is looked over by a trainer after being injured against the Baylor Bears during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome on Jan. 1, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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“So you know, maybe I didn’t do a great enough job with the team, because you know, I was really hurting for him in that situation because I know how much he’s put into it, how much it means to him. And for that to be taken away like that, you know, it really sucks.”

Corral helped lead the team to the school’s first-ever 10-win season.

Matt Corral reacts after being injured during the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2022, in New Orleans.
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“He’s gonna make a great NFL player and do great for a franchise,” Kiffin added.

Ole Miss lost the game 21-7.

Luke Altmeyer replaced Corral but couldn’t get the offense into gear.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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