Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young: Comparing Ole Miss, Alabama QBs’ statistics in early Heisman fight

Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young: Comparing Ole Miss, Alabama QBs’ statistics in early Heisman fight
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The top-25 match in between No. 1 Alabama and No. 12 Ole Miss has all the makings of a thrilling, offensive-fueled shootout.

At least, if Rebels coach Lane Kiffin has anything to state about it.

His Rebels boast not just the country’s leading offense (6353 lawns per video game), however likewise the country’s leading scoring offense (527 points per video game), the 11 th-highest passing offense (3367 lawns per video game) and fourth-highest rush offense (2987 lawns per video game).

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No gamer is more vital to that success than fourth-year quarterback Matt Corral. The redshirt junior is coming off a breakout season in 2020, his very first under Kiffin: He finished 70.9 percent of his passes for 3,337 backyards and 29 goals to 14 interceptions. He’s off to an even much better begin in 2021, leading the Rebels to an early 3-0 record, stressed by an excellent 32- point typical margin of triumph. He will be a headache for Nick Saban and protective organizer Pete Golding to game-plan for.

But Corral has his work cut out for him on Saturday, not just since Ole Miss is facing its very first ranked challenger in Alabama, and not just due to the fact that the Crimson Tide have among the inmost front 7s in college football. His crimson-and-white-clad modern on the other side of the field, Bryce Young, is likewise among the country’s finest quarterbacks.

The sophomore has actually been wonderful in his very first season beginning for Alabama, producing no concerns amongst Crimson Tide fans about whether he might prosper Mac Jones. Young passed his overall for passing goals through 4 video games in 2020, a season in which Jones completed second nationally with 41 passing goals.

Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that Corral and Young, both of whom come from the state of California, are the 2 favorites to take house the 2021 Heisman Trophy. A win on Saturday will not ensure which quarterback wins college football’s most desirable specific award– however a great proving and claim to a head-to-head success over the other would definitely set an early story.

With that, Sporting News takes a look at each quarterbacks’ statistics prior to Saturday’s video game, one that might go a long method in identifying this year’s Heisman winner:

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Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young Heisman chances

Corral leads all gamers in the Heisman Trophy chances ahead of Week 5, at 150 Young heads into Saturday’s conference with the second-best total chances, at 300 No other gamer has much better chances than 1400

Below are the top 10 chances to win the Heisman Trophy, thanks to FanDuel:

  • Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss: 150
  • Bryce Young, QB, Alabama: 300
  • JT Daniels, QB, Georgia: 1400
  • Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati: 2000
  • Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma: 3000
  • TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State: 3000
  • CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon: 3000
  • Anthony Brown, QB, Oregon: 5000
  • Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas: 5000
  • CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State: 5000

Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young finest video game

Both gamers are coming off their finest video game of the 2021 season, a minimum of as far as statistics are worried.

Corral finished 23 of 31 passes for 335 backyards and 3 passing goals to absolutely no interceptions versus Tulane in Week 3. He likewise included 4 goals on the ground, hurrying 13 times for 68 lawns (a 5.2 yard-per-carry average). His 7 goals connected an Ole Miss single-game record, not just making him Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week honors for the 2nd successive week, however likewise making him the very first gamer in SEC history to pass for 3 goals and run for 4 in a single video game:

Young was likewise reliable versus Southern Miss in Week 4. He finished 20 of 22 passes (909 percent) for 313 lawns and 5 goals to one interception. His five-touchdown statline offered him 15 passing ratings on the season through simply 4 video games, passing Jones’ four-game overall of 12.

Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young play design

Corral was identified a pro-style quarterback in the class of 2018, ranking 4th amongst quarterbacks in his play design and 63 rd nationally, per 247 Sports’ Composite rankings Alternatively, Young ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2020, and its No. 2 general gamer. Naturally, Corral and Young have varying play designs– though they appear to be the inverse of their labels.

On top of Corral’s 997 passing lawns and 9 passing goals, he likewise has 33 rush tries on the season, 158 hurrying lawns and a 4.8 yards-per-carry average. He has 5 hurrying goals too, consisting of a four-touchdown video game versus Tulane in Week 3. For his profession, he has 215 tries for 882 lawns, 12 hurrying goals and a 4.1 yard-per-carry average. Here’s an example of his hurrying capability on a zone-read choice versus Louisville, whom Ole Miss beat 43-24 in Week 1.

Young, who brings the dual-threat label, has substantially less mileage: Through 4 video games in 2021, he has 10 tries for minus-15 hurrying backyards and absolutely no goals. Young has actually never ever thought about “double risk” to imply capability to hurry for lawns.

” People in the (NFL), the Lamar Jacksons, Kyler Murrays, the Baker Mayfields, individuals like that are actually forging ahead of what dual-threat implies,” he informed USA Today in 2019 “People believe a dual-threat is somebody who can, a running back that can toss a bit … however truly dual-threat need to imply, and it does suggest in my mind, somebody who has the capability that can truly do both as far as extending plays and run the ball however is still a passer.”

Indeed, Young typically utilizes his capability to browse within and out of the pocket to provide his receivers more time to get open. He frequently looks downfield while getting away pressure, and has even bypassed chances to rush in favor of passing.

Here is one such example from Alabama’s 31-29 win over Florida:

Bryce Young had the ability to prevent being sack by Florida’s linebacker Mohamoud Diabate in this play. I for one would like for Bryce to utilize his legs more when he has open area to run #RollTide Y11 kiawx2C

— Alabama Rydeouts(
@MarvinBama 16) September21,2021

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Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young statistics contrast

Generally speaking, Young has the much better death statistics, though Corral boasts substantially much better hurrying numbers. Below are their statistics so far through the 2021 season– Corral through 3 video games, and Young through 4:

Completion portion

Completions Attempts Percentage FBS rank
Matt Corral 66 96 688 24 th
Bryce Young 88 122 721 12 th

Passing backyards

Passing backyards FBS rank
Matt Corral 997 29 th
Bryce Young 1,124 19 th

Passing goals

Passing goals FBS rank
Matt Corral 9 T-16 th
Bryce Young 15 T-2nd

Quarterback score

Quarterback ranking FBS rank
Matt Corral 1869 8th
Bryce Young 1885 5th

Yards per effort

YPA (FBS rank) Adjusted YPA (FBS rank)
Matt Corral 104 (4th) 123 (3rd)
Bryce Young 9.2 (21 st) 113 (9th)

Rushing backyards

Rushing lawns
Matt Corral 158
Bryce Young -15

Rushing goals

Rushing goals
Matt Corral 5
Bryce Young 0