SEC quarterback visits the Pit

Nick Fitzgerald working with TCHS QB Dalton McBride

How many Southeastern Conference quarterbacks have walked on the hallowed grounds of Booster Stadium? At least one. On October 30, the night the Toombs County Bulldogs played host to Tattnall County, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald visited the Pit. His connections to the Bulldogs are twofold. His father, Derrick, is an offensive assistant coach at TCHS and was the head coach of the Toombs County Middle School Bullpups last season and his high school head coach is the Bulldogs’ head man- Lyman Guy.

Fitzgerald, was a starting quarterback for Guy at Richmond Hill and during his senior season he went 33-for-76  through the air, throwing for 778 yards and 12 touchdowns while tossing just three interceptions. He carried the ball 182 times for 1,429 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also led the Wildcats to a 10-2 season and a 13-7 home win over Thomas County Central in the first round of the state playoffs by scoring both touchdowns on the ground.

Fitzgerald wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog, but instead was recruited by Mississippi State. He was red-shirted in 2014 and made his playing debut, in Starkville, in the spring game. The tall 6-5 QB completed 20-of-30 passes throwing two touchdown passes and running for another. MSU head coach Dan Mullen compared Fitzgerald to Alex Smith, who Mullen coached while at Utah. Smith was the first pick overall in the NFL Draft in 2005 by San Francisco. He currently is a quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nick Fitzgerald passing against the Troy Trojans
Nick Fitzgerald passing against the Troy Trojans

This season Fitzgerald played briefly in Mississippi State’s opener at Southern Miss running the ball twice for 36 yards. He completed all four of his passes against Northwestern State for 90 yards. He threw a 49-yard touchdown pass and ran for two scores on carries of four and three yards. Nick had five total rushes for 28 yards.

Fitzgerald backs up Dak Prescott, the SEC’s most experienced and proficient quarterback. Prescott has thrown 300 passes this season and has only had one intercepted. He is completing 67% of his passes for 2351 yards and 18 TD’s entering a home game against Alabama.

On October 10, when State played host to Troy, Prescott had a stomach bug and was only able to play in the Bulldogs’ first four offensive series. Enter his roommate and Fitzgerald certainly shined. He completed six-of-seven passes for 141 yards. He threw two lasers for touchdowns of 28 and 49 yards and he ran eight times for 29 yards scoring on a one-yard run.

For the season Fitzgerald had completed 10-of-12 passes for 231 yards and three TD’s and no interceptions. He has rushed 18 times for 103 yards and three TD’s.