Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald seemingly has come out of nowhere to turn out to be one of the best RPO quarterback within the SEC.
That is RPO as in run-cross choice.
Matt Hinton of Saturday Down South did a superb job analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of Fitzgerald, a 6-5, 230-pound junior who’s solely different notable scholarship supply out of highschool apart from Mississippi State was Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Final season, Fitzgerald was second to solely LSU operating again Derrius Guice in runs that gained 25 yards or extra. Fitzgerald had 17 such runs, together with 5 for 50 or extra yards which topped the league. He had a seventy four-yard run every towards South Carolina and Texas A&M, and runs of 70 and sixty one yards (the latter a TD) vs, Ole Miss. Already this yr, he has TD runs of 30 and forty four yards, each coming final Saturday at Louisiana Tech.
However he wasn’t a terrific passer final season — he had the worst completion proportion for the season (fifty four.three) of any common SEC starter besides Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight. His common yards per try in SEC video games (6.1) was the worst of any SEC starter besides Georgia’s Jacob Eason. Additionally, towards opponents that completed with profitable data, Fitzgerald had the worst effectivity score (108.four) of any SEC starter.
Up to now this season for the two-zero Bulldogs in wins over Charleston Southern (forty nine-zero) and Louisiana Tech (fifty seven-21), Fitzgerald is tenth within the SEC in dashing averaging seventy six yards with three TDs and a league-main eight.9 yards per carry.
He is ranked sixth within the league in passing effectivity with one hundred fifty five.three score, throwing for 363 yards and 5 TDs whereas finishing fifty nine.6 % of his passes.
In LSU’s 23-20 victory final season over Mississippi State, the Tigers’ protection allowed Fitzgerald to realize simply 133 yards complete offense. He accomplished 12-of-24 for one hundred twenty yards and no TDs. As a result of he was sacked 4 occasions, he completed with simply thirteen yards on thirteen carries.
Additionally, the Bulldogs’ comeback vs. LSU after the Tigers led 23-three was principally was sparked by backup quarterback and former Rummel Excessive star Damian Williams.
Williams transferred after this season to Texas State, a Solar Belt Convention member the place he has began the primary two video games this yr as a graduate switch. He has 277 yards complete offense for the 1-1 Bobcats,