Here are the players that MSU and Ole Miss football are bringing to SEC Media Days
The Southeastern Conference announced its participants Wednesday for the 2021 SEC Media Days. The annual event will be held in Hoover, Alabama, starting Monday and concluding Thursday
Ole Miss will meet the media on Tuesday while Mississippi State is Wednesday. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin will bring quarterback Matt Corral and defensive back Jaylon Jones, and Mississippi State coach Mike Leach will be joined by linebacker Aaron Brule and receiver Austin Williams.
Here is a closer look at who Ole Miss and Mississippi State are bringing to the event:
Matt Corral, QB
The junior quarterback threw for six 300-yard games last season and set an SEC record with his 91.2% completion rate with a minimum of 30 attempts. Corral also set the Ole Miss single-game record with 513 passing yards and was just seven yards away from topping the record for most total yards in school history set in 1969.
Overall, Corral threw for 29 touchdowns and 3,337 yards, averaging 333.7 per game.
Jaylon Jones, DB
Despite suffering a season-ending injury in both 2018 and 2020, Jones remains one of the Rebels' key players. In 2019, he came back from a knee injury to play in 10 games and record 33 total tackles, all but four of which were solo. He played just four games last season but had 27 tackles and one pass deflection.
Jones played in every game as a freshman and was second on the team for passes defended.
Austin Williams, WR
Williams appeared in all 11 games last season at both receiver and punt returner.
He has eight career touchdowns and 628 yards across 64 receptions. Williams played his best game in the team's season-opening win against LSU in 2020, when he finished with a career-high seven receptions.
Williams is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning an undergraduate degree in finance in just three years.
Aaron Brule, LB
The junior linebacker made his career first start in 2020 and led all FBS linebackers in pass rush snaps (192), total pressures generated (39) and quarterback hurries (27) per PFF.
Brule also had his best game against LSU in 2020, recording a career-high 10 tackles, six of which were solo. He also helped contribute to a strong MSU defense against Kentucky that allowed just 157 yards of total offense, the fewest yielded by the team in an SEC matchup since 2008.
Claire Kuwana is a sports reporting intern at the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Contact her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @clairekuwana.