Nick Fitzgerald is having no problem following the Dak Prescott era at Mississippi State. But can he possibly live up to the expectations that have been laid out for his 2017 campaign?
Count SEC Network analyst and former Florida WR Chris Doering as a believe in his talents.
During a recent segment where he measured which SEC quarterbacks would rise above or fall short of expectations in Year 2 as a starter, he gave a ringing endorsement of the Bulldogs junior.
“This is going to be one of my bold predictions,” he said. “He could end up in New York for the Heisman this year. I believe his productivity is going to be even greater than it was last year running the football and he will show improvement throwing the football. I know he doesn’t have a ton of receivers, but I believe this guy could be one of the guys in the Heisman Trophy talk when we get to November.”
Of course, it goes without saying that in order for Fitzgerald to be in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy by November that also means that Mississippi State will have to be in the midst of a pretty special season as a team. After all, quarterbacks on bad teams almost never win the award that honors college football’s top player.
Fitzgerald showed out with a strong sophomore campaign in 2016, throwing for 2,421 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also running for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns. Numbers like that make it very easy to forget about Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Doering also predicted that Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson would not live up to his expectations this season. You can watch all of Doering’s predictions from the segment, which include takes on Jake Bentley, Jacob Eason and Stephen Johnson, right here.