Mississippi State Football:Can Leo Lewis And Nick Fitzgerald Replicate Their 2016 Success?

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Keith Mixon #23 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates with quarterback Nick Fitzgerald #7 after he scores a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Oct. 8, 2016 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Keith Mixon #23 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates with quarterback Nick Fitzgerald #7 after he scores a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Oct. 8, 2016 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /
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OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Fitzgerald #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs drops back to pass in the first half of a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Fitzgerald #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs drops back to pass in the first half of a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

How well did they perform in 2016?

As was alluded to earlier, these two were some of the best players on the field for the Mississippi State football team in 2016. Nick Fitzgerald carried the Bulldogs’ offense on his back while Leo Lewis helped hold up a struggling defense.

Fitzgerald scorched defenses all year through the air and on the ground, totaling over 3700 yards of offense. He ran for a total of 1375 yards and 16 touchdowns, leading MSU in both categories by a mile. And, through the air, Fitz threw for 2423 yards and 21 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, completing 54.3% of his passes.

Leo Lewis, at linebacker, was second on the team in tackles with 79. 33 of those tackles were solo tackles. The other 46 were assisted. And, as a redshirt freshman, Lewis made his presence known in the backfield as well as he made a total of 5.0 tackles for loss.

Both were stellar for the Bulldogs in 2016. And, though they were solid in 2017, Mississippi State will need them to be better.