Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Monday he wants to get more players involved, and backup quarterback Elijah Staley may be taking that to heart.
Staley admitted to reporters on Tuesday night that his preparation has been different this week because he might play on Saturday. The redshirt freshman quarterback from Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.) did not see the field in the first two games of the year.
With Northwestern State on the schedule this Saturday, the Bulldogs’ next matchup might be the best chance Staley gets to play all season.
Any player yet to see the field would be anxious for the next game, but after MSU’s 21-19 loss to LSU last weekend, Staley said everyone is ready for Saturday.
During his senior year of high school, Staley threw for 1,072 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for another two in just five games. A great athlete, Staley also played basketball and ran track in high school. He might play basketball at Mississippi State this winter, but Staley said he would wait until after the football season to talk about that.
Mullen: I want to play more players, but I want to make sure coaches are making sure guys are earning.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) September 14, 2015
Staley also said this week is much different for him. He's preparing differently with the potential of playing this weekend.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) September 15, 2015
Elijah Staley says he is going to worry about basketball after the season.
— Ben Wait (@bcwait) September 15, 2015