2. QB K.J. Costello, Sr. Mississippi State
In last year’s version of Great Players About To Go Nuclear, we got a few of the players right, but we missed on the biggest one of all.
But who saw Joe Burrow doing that?
Let’s now put the pressure on Stanford transfer KJ Costello to take Mississippi State up several levels into national championship status quite yet, but the tools are there to not only come up with a big season, but to put up unbelievable numbers as – possibly – the most talented NFL-caliber quarterback Mike Leach has ever had as a head coach.
Of course, Costello has to get there first.
He wasn’t going to be a part of spring ball, and there has to be a fall camp with enough time to step in, learn the system, and get the timing down. He also has to be able to stay healthy last year after getting beaten up early and playing in just five games.
However, if he’s in one piece and he’s able to grab the job, he has the 6-5, 222-pound size, the next level arm, and the experience to be the triggerman to put up mega-stats in the Leach attack.
As a junior, he came up with one of the greatest passing seasons – 3,540 yards and 29 touchdowns with 11 picks – in Stanford history. If all goes well, he’ll put up record numbers for MSU.