Top 10 Quarterbacks in Mississippi State History

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Oct 24, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; A bulldog statue outside of the stadium before the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State won 42-16. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

#9: Derrick Taite

Derrick Taite was the starting quarterback at MSU from 1994-96. He was apart of some good MSU teams and set some records too.

In 1994, Taite led State to an 8-3 regular season record and Peach Bowl bid (loss to N.C. State). The Dawgs posted wins over #23 Tennessee and Ole Miss that year. He threw for 1,806 with 14 TD and 8 INT.

His 14 touchdown passes in ’94 was good enough to place him 2nd on the all-time list for a single-season, and in 1995 he broke the record with 16 TDs. Unfortunately the Bulldogs weren’t too good in ’95 with just a 3-8 record.

While his playing time diminished during the 1996 season (possibly due to the dreaded senior year curse that existed prior to Dak Prescott), Taite was able to lead State to a huge 17-16 victory over #8 Alabama. They only finished 5-6, but beat Ole Miss that year as well.


  • 4th in pass attempts
  • 5th in completions
  • 5th in passing yards
  • 3rd in passing touchdowns

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