ESPN's Jordan Rodgers says Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral can 'take them all the way'
ESPN and SEC Network college football analyst Jordan Rodgers appeared on the "McElroy and Cubelic In The Morning" radio show on Tuesday.
"He's the best player in the country," Rodgers said. "I knew that before the season. Now, is the team going to be good enough for him to win the Heisman? I think he'll be the best player at the end of the year. I don't think we'll have a question about that. But will Ole Miss be in the conversation of being ranked, being close enough to the top to garner the Heisman attention? I don't know, but he's definitely the best player, so it doesn't surprise me."
As of Tuesday, Matt Corral has the best odds to win the Heisman Trophy at +200, according to Tipico Sportsbook.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has the second-best odds at +220. Liberty quarterback Malik Willis possesses the third-best odds at +1000.
Greg McElroy then asked Rodgers about Corral, "Do you think he is in a position to carry his team against the likes of Alabama, Georgia, what have you? Because if he plays well against Alabama — wins against Alabama perhaps — and then parlays that into an SEC West championship and potentially beats Georgia, it's a runaway Heisman situation. But do you think he's good enough, Jordan, to carry them even against teams with superior personnel?"
Rodgers then answers the question by pointing to Alabama beating Ole Miss 63-48 in a close game Oct. 10, 2020,
"I do, I do believe that," Rodgers said. "Just look back at the Alabama game last year — what was the final 61-48, I think? And for a while, that was a one-score game late. If his defense, and just think about, for how bad they were last year, if they can be one touchdown better, that changes a lot of those games. It changes the LSU game. It changes that Alabama game.
"Look, yes, they don't have Elijah Moore. They don't have Kenny Yeboah, but (Dontario) Drummond and (Braylon) Sanders and Snoop (Conner). They got guys that are everywhere. I don't think the talent around him really dropped off at all, so I think he has the ability to take them all the way — no doubt.
"Especially with what we saw from Alabama's defense ... So you're telling me you think Ole Miss is going to struggle? I don't. The margin for error is very, very slim yet again, and that's the problem. How consistent can he be? He's got to score almost every down against teams like that, or every drive get some kind of points. He can do it for sure, but the margin for error is so slim that, yeah, it's going to be tough."
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Through three games, Corral is 66-for-96 passing with 997 yards and nine passing touchdowns. He's also rushed 33 times for 158 yards and five rushing touchdowns.
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