Corral Discusses Progress As He Settles Into Longo's System

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Matt Corral's first taste of spring football has gone by quickly. From the natural adjustments any kid going from high school to college has to make, to the amplified speed of the game to trekking across the country from California to Mississippi to start a new chapter of his life, he's taking it all in stride.

"Culture shock," Coral said with a grin. "But I love it here. The people are really nice and I love the football. I don't think it can get better than this."

He even admits it still doesn't all seem real sometimes.

"It was surreal to me at the beginning thinking that I am really in college and in the SEC," Corral said. "This is really happening. That blew over after a couple weeks and then I started to get into the groove of things, getting in the film room when I am supposed to and doing the extra stuff the coaches have asked me so I could have possibility of getting on the field in my freshman year."

The four-star All-American's commitment and eventual signing in December seemingly served as a a firm shove of momentum for Matt Luke's first recruiting class as permanent head coach. He arrived on campus in January as an early enrollee with the purpose of getting a head start in spring football. The first step? The speed of the game.

"The only adjustment is being smart and knowing what you have to do quickly is all it really is at this level of football," Corral said. "It's making quicker decisions, way quicker than you made in high school."

"I was always taught the game doesn't speed up. Of course guys are bigger and faster but you also have the same number of guys just as big and fast."

Corral thinks he has adjusted nicely to the quickness of the defense and the need for him to process reads quicker. He has some help, too. Corral is benefitting from throwing to one of the more dynamic receiving corps in the SEC. That alone has called for some adjusting on his part.

"It's ridiculous," Corral said. "The first week I was out there in seven-on-seven, my balls were a little off because I am not used to how big and fast they are. That closed-quarter speed they have when the ball is in the air is something I had to adjust to. It wasn't hard."

He's also gained assistance from entrenched starter Jordan Ta'amu, a guy whose 2017 story alone is enough to help Corral understand he must be ready at all times. The old cliché says the back-up quarterback is only one play away, but in reality that is precisely the case. Ta'amu has helped Corral with the playbook among other things, knowing he was once in the freshman's shoes and acknowledging the importance of having him ready next fall.

The uncanny sense of calmness Ta'amu exudes has rubbed off on Corral as well, much like it did to his teammates when Ta'amu was inserted as the starter late last season.

"I do see the calmness in Jordan," Coral said. "He is very poised and the way he carries himself on and off the field shows what type of person he is."


If something were to happen, Corral feels ready enough to step in despite just dipping his toes into the SEC pool.
"I feel comfortable," Corral said. "I don't feel any pressure. If I were starting the first game then I feel like I would be prepared. I know the guys behind me would help me gain that confidence."

That said, he knows there is a lot he needs to improve on and work towards between the spring and the fall.

"It is just a matter of you knowing the playbook like the back of your hand," Corral said. "The playbook is simple. It is good because it works, but it is similar to what I ran in high school. A little different because some concepts don't work in the SEC that do in high school, but it is very similar."

Luke acknowledge his freshman quarterback has made great strides and thinks he could step into game action to run the offense in a limited capacity right now if needed.

"You can see the lightbulb go off a little after eight or nine practices," Luke said. "When you get out there in a game with people watching it is a little different, but the knowledge is definitely increasing.

He's also grateful that Corral will have ample time in the offseason to develop further.


Ole Miss has its spring game on Saturday in which the format will be similar to recent years with the defense being spotted 27 points and the offense trying to catch them. Corral and Ta'amu will see a lot of reps as Matt Luke hopes to get off around 80 or 90 snaps in the scrimmage.

"The good thing is he has two more practices, then a summer and an entire fall camp to get even better," Luke said. "The arm talent is there. It is just more of being able to function without thinking. You don't play as fast when you are having to think. The talent is definitely there and you see him making strides. That is encouraging."

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    Tiffany J. Moore said:

    This is amazing with what he have done so far! Hope that he'll achieve more in the future!

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    Fiftyyears fan said:

    How can you have five straight top 25 recruiting classes and look as bad as Ole Miss has this year. Easy lack of coaching fundamentals. Look at Mason at Vandy, nothing but 2 and 3 star recruits out of high school and he developers players that want to win. Hugh freeze has 3, 4 & 5 recruits and he expects them to win because of what they were in High School. Mr. Freeze you have not been teaching the fundamentals of football or winning in life. Mr. Freeze you have quit on your players because you have some false expectations of what they are instead of what you can develop in them. Either do your job or quit. Oh yea, please quit running your smoke and mirrors offense, everyone has figured it out. Run a physical offense that can open up holes for your running backs and then your pass attack want require 12 are 14 four and five star receivers. Mr. Freeze you have problems and you need to know that you are not smarter than the rest of the coaches in the SEC.

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    Not every pass can be caught. Too low, too short whatever. Not every Kelly pass is perfect. Records were broken by receivers also. But they sre not going to catch every ball thrown. The loss to Auburn was not one players fault. You win or lose as a team.

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    Hey I was just wandering if these are the only 2 olemiss players signing. If there are more signing please respond to me ASAP. Also wondering if neil everett will sign any autographs. Thank you very much

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