Most of you who are college football enthusiasts know that Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) is the alma mater of legendary quarterbacks Archie Manning and his son Eli. But did you know that the current starting quarterback and a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy at Ole Miss has roots in Carpinteria?
Matt Corral, Ole Miss quarterback, is the son of native Carpinterians Peter and Elizabeth “Liz” (Garibay) Corral. Both graduated from Carpinteria High School, Peter in 1985 and Liz in 1987. Liz played volleyball for the Warriors, and Peter played Warrior football. Peter earned the title Most Valuable Defensive lineman on the 1984 team.
Peter and Liz were married in 1988 when Peter had just finished the Marine Corps Boot Camp. The two have resided in Ventura since 1995, where they raised their three sons. Joseph, the oldest, graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a major in Romance Languages. David is a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan. He is married (Jenna) and is attending Ventura College.
Prior to the first college game of the season, Matt Corral was a listed as a “dark horse” candidate for the Heisman.
Former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III stated, “I’m going with the most fun to watch gunslinger in all of college football, Matt Corral. I think he’s going to fix his turnovers (…) and he is going to go out and lead Ole Miss to be a serious contender in the College Football Playoff. It’s not a safe pick. It’s not the trendy pick. But this guy’s exciting.”
On ESPN’s first College GameDay, Lee Corso predicted Corral will win the trophy. After his great start on a Sunday night game versus Louisville on ESPN, Corral’s outstanding play led to a 43-21 win. His subsequent showing against Austin Peay (54-17 win) was also impressive and he had a record-setting performance against Tulane, where he rushed for four TDs and passed for three scores – a new SEC record. Now, Corral is no longer a dark horse, but the leading candidate for the Heisman.
Peter expressed how he was proud of his son. “Under Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffen, Matt blossomed in every way,” he said. “They just connected. Matt is an easy-going kid, pretty laid-back but always competitive. He was always exciting to watch from his early years in youth football to todays’ college games.”
On Saturday, Oct. 2, the CBS Game of the Week features Ole Miss versus number one Alabama, led by Bryce Young, another leading candidate for the Heisman.