Generally speaking, when you’re reviewing the depth chart and get down to the 3rd string QB you’re not talking about someone who is going to play. It’s typically an underclassman who is the future at the position, and not someone who will be counted on. Well years like 2013 can change that way of thinking a bit. Not only was Damian Williams used, but he was needed. He played in 5 games getting the start in the Egg Bowl, played in OT vs. Arkansas and was in for crucial snaps vs. #1 Alabama. So it matters that we have a 3rd string QB ready to go next year.
- Dak Prescott
- Damian Williams
The two candidates: Elijah Staley and Nick Fitzgerald.
What spurred this on was the fact that Nick Fitzgerald is practicing with the team right now. I’ve never heard of this, but he was able to complete high school last Friday and join the team for bowl practices on Saturday. He is not eligible to play in the Liberty Bowl, but he’s getting a head start on his freshman year. Kudos to the young man for his eagerness to start practicing. This gives him two steps on Staley: bowl practice and spring practice.
Many hoped Staley would graduate early and be in Starkville for spring practice, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. He’s a two sport star (will play both at MSU) and he’s been playing for his high school basketball team this year. I’ve seen Staley play, and while I’m far from a great talent evaluator from high school to college, I could see a lot of potential from Staley, but maybe it would do him some good to redshirt and develop his game as it transitions to the next level.
It’s possible both could redshirt. In 2012, State only used two QBs, redshirting walk-on Jamil Golden who eventually left the program. Or it’s possible that both could play next fall. No one really knows for sure how each QB will progress, but I think it is good news Fitzgerald is getting a head start on things. Ultimately Staley may be the better talent (no one knows for sure though) but Fitz is no slouch. After all the defections and misses (Favre, Scheussler, Golden, Sandberg) it appears as though MSU is in good shape moving forward – and all of these guys are big and mobile.