2. QB Nick Fitzgerald, Sr. Mississippi State
He’s not there quite yet.
Nick Fitzgerald is still not that far removed from suffering a broken leg against Ole Miss on Thanksgiving weekend, and he’s just now starting to get back to doing the basics.
Coming after the Dak Prescott era, Fitzgerald has turned into a nice pro prospect of his own, with 6-5, 230-pound size, fantastic running ability, and the talent to carry the team by himself at times.
While he only hit 56% of his passes last year with 11 interceptions, he was on his way to a 1,000-yard rushing season before getting hurt. Under new head coach Joe Moorhead and the new staff, Fitzgerald’s numbers should blow up this season if he can be more accurate and cut down on his picks.
Until then, Keytaon Thompson – who was fantastic in the bowl win over Louisville, with 147 rushing yards and three scores – is a great player to start building around for the future. But this is No. 7’s team.
And it will be again in fall practice when he’s going full bore.