Ole Miss QB returns to the game after exam
Quarterback Ole Miss Matt Corral injured his ankle at the end of the first quarter of the Rebels’ game against Auburn on Saturday. He was helped off the pitch by the team’s coaches, putting very little strain on his left ankle. It looked like Corral could quit the game for good as he was hauled to the locker room for review but then returned to the pitch after returning from the locker room.
“Matt Corral was visibly suffering from an apparent injury to his left ankle,” ESPN reporter Molly McGrath said before Corral returned from an injury. “He tried to get on an exercise bike after leaving the tent. Medical training staff insisted that he return to the locker room first for an x-ray. I’m told it’s questionable coming back, so we might see Matt Corral back in this game.
Corral tried to escape a tackle from an Auburn defender. As he threw the ball, Corral grabbed his ankle and appeared to twist it, twisting a previous ankle injury. He went to the sidelines and was seen talking to the coaches on the phone. In the absence of Corral, true four-star freshman Luc Altmyer came to play the Rebels quarterback. Altmyer has played two games this season and is 0 for 4 on his passing attempts.
After returning to the game, Corral only needed seven games to put Ole Miss on the board. The Rebels scored on a 13-yard Snoop Conner rush, making it 14-10 in favor of Auburn with just over eight minutes left in the second half of the game. If Corral can lead his team to victory in this game, it would undoubtedly strengthen their Heisman Trophy case, which is shaping up well at the moment.
The Rebels entered the game 6-1, and Corral was the team’s MVP. Not only did he throw the ball all over the pitch, but Corral also ran all over opposing defenses. Because of this, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd said signal caller Ole Miss is expected to lead the Heisman race with just a handful of weeks left in the season.
“Let’s go and say it: Ole Miss QB Matt Corral is Heisman’s favorite before week 9, ”Dodd wrote. “His guts (30 races against Tennessee) and his efficiency (the SEC’s best touchdown / interception ratio at 15-1) should serve him well. The last time the No.10 Rebels beat No.18 Auburn was in 2015, which is also the last time both teams were ranked in this game.
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At the time of this posting, Auburn’s 14-10 lead was still the current score.