Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral says he will not return to program in 2022

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral announced Friday night he would not return to the Rebels football program after the 2021 season.

Corral did not explicitly declare for the NFL draft in his statement Friday — but it’s likely, since ESPN’s Jordan Reid projected Corral would be the first quarterback off the board in 2022.

In a tweet, the junior quarterback said Saturday night’s game against Vanderbilt will be his last game at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The season concludes at Mississippi State on Thanksgiving Day.

“As I think about my final game at The Vaught, I really don’t know where to start. I’ll begin with how different our coaching staff is — a good different. It’s a staff built on relationships and mentoring. We truly have a one-of-kind program at Ole Miss,” Corral said in a statement on Twitter.

Corral went on to thank head coach Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby, strength and conditioning coach Wilson Love and analyst Matt Holecek.

He then showed love to Ole Miss fans and thanked them for the love and support he received in his four years at Mississippi.

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral indicated he will not return to the program in 2022.

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“I really mean it when I say this team means something to me,” Corral said. “The other leaders and I formed a bond on this team that came together when times were tough. When nobody was clapping for us, we were the ones holding it together. The love on this team was and is unmatched. It’s something that I will forever remember. Locker rooms like this are rare.

“Thank you Ole Miss, and my brothers and I look forward to finishing this journey with Rebel Pride.”

So far in the 2021 season, Corral has thrown for 2,774 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Matt Corral says he won’t return to Ole Miss in 2022


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