Mississippi State Decided 1st Team QB Reps Via Rock, Paper, Scissors Game

first_imgMississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald speaking to media.YouTube/Ben WaitWith the graduation of star quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State is one of many SEC programs with a battle at the position on its hands. Four players—Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley, Nick Tiano, and Damian Williams—are vying for the starting job, and no player has set himself apart.Mississippi State’s QBs are so close, in fact, that they had to play ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to determine which would take first team reps. Today’s winner: Fitzgerald. He spoke about the unique process after today’s practice.Video via Ben Wait of The Dispatch:Fitzgerald joked that the rock, paper, scissors win gave him a nice confidence boost heading into camp.“I won rock-paper-scissors, so if anything, my confidence in that game is pretty high right now.”Rock, paper, scissors skills aside, replacing Prescott will be no easy task for Fitzgerald, or whichever Bulldog quarterback wins the job. He may be the top quarterback in program history. In 2015, he put together a fantastic 3,793 passing yard, 29 touchdown, five interception season. On top of that, Prescott ran for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. That built on an impressive junior year, when Prescott piled up 4,435 total yards and 38 combined touchdowns.Williams is the lone Mississippi State quarterback with a start under his belt. During his career, Williams is 37-for-70 for 434 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. In 2015, head coach Dan Mullen redshirted him.Last season, Fitzgerald served as Prescott’s primary back-up. He completed 11-of-14 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.Elijah Staley threw five passes last season, completing three for 51 yards and a score.Redshirt freshman Nick Tiano is the only of the four players without any game experience, making him the wild card of the battle.Williams and Fitzgerald seem like the favorites in this one, but it will take more than rock, paper, scissors skills to compete with the likes of Alabama and rival Ole Miss in the SEC West.[Saturday Down South]last_img

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