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2022 NFL Draft: QB Matt Corral says farewell to Ole Miss, signaling draft

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

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral announced Friday night he wouldn’t return to the Rebels football program after the 2021 season.

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

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

“As i feel about my final game at The Vaught, i actually do not know where to start out . I’ll begin with how different our coaching staff is — an honest different. it is a staff built on relationships and mentoring. We truly have a one-of-kind program at Ole Miss,” Corral said during 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 like to Ole Miss fans and thanked them for the love and support he received in his four years at Mississippi.

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

“Thank you Ole Miss, and my brothers and that i anticipate to finishing this journey with Rebel Pride.”

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

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