Jalen Hurts might have the team success and Jarrett Stidham might have the hype. But Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald has the support of NFL scouts.
If you ask the scouts, Fitzgerald has a very high ceiling as a passer. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Fitzgerald has the size and strength teams will be looking for in next year’s NFL draft.
“I haven’t spent much time studying Fitzgerald, but his name has come up several times in my conversations with NFL scouts. In fact, every single one of them told me the Mississippi State signal caller is the best quarterback in the SEC. He posted impressive rushing numbers last fall and has prototypical size/athleticism. He’s improving as a passer and scouts believe he has a very high ceiling in that department. I’m anxious to dig in and study his play this fall. Fitzgerald could be the breakout star in the SEC, if not the entire country.”
That’s pretty strong praise for the native of Richmond Hill, Ga. He’s the SEC’s returning leader in total yards and was named third-team All-SEC by Phil Steele for his efforts last season.
Fitzgerald threw for 2,423 yards and 21 touchdowns last season while rushing for 1,375 yards and 16 scores. He completed just 54.3 percent of his passes, but he has the tools to improve on that number.
Mississippi State begins its season on Saturday, Sept. 2, against Charleston Southern.