Earlier today, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald earned some recognition for his play. His coach, Dan Mullen, also took home a weekly honor as well.
Mullen was named The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year foundation and Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl. Mullen led Mississippi State to a 35-28 upset of Texas A&M, who was ranked No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
“Coach Mullen and his Bulldogs pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season and scored a decisive conference victory,” Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, said in a release. “Coach Mullen has achieved great success since he took over the Mississippi State program and after this win, he is certainly a deserving honoree for this week’s award.”
Mullen and the Bulldogs now sit at 4-5 on the season. The Bulldogs will have another chance to pull an upset, as they take on No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
The Mississippi State head coach appears to have found his replacement for NFL star Dak Prescott in Fitzgerald. Two weeks ago, the sophomore quarterback became the first SEC player this year to throw for 400 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. Fitzgerald also tied Prescott’s school record for five touchdown passes in one game.
Against A&M, Fitzgerald joined Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel as the only three SEC quarterbacks in the last 20 years to throw for at least 200 yards and run for more than 175.