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Hope so. Still haven't replaced DeRunnya Wilson, Fred Ross, or Fred Brown.
Mississippi State's biggest concern is receivers. They aren't beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and they have other tough games to worry about. The receivers should be improved from the group that made Fitz look so awful last year, but the question is how much. Will Malik Dear or Keith Mixon be enough in the slot? Will any receiver be a downfield threat?
He has quite a bit of improving to do. 329 OBP, .391 slugging. That's not enough to move up.
MSU's worst loss was 2017 Egg Bowl. Because of its shocking nature, Fitzgerald's injury, and the fact that our team was far superior. The 2014 Alabama loss was not unexpected at all by realistic fans.
Mullen constantly recruited better on the defensive side of the ball. Many more quality players there. Moorhead has continued that.
Indeed. Mullen always recruited more elite players on defense. We got a little lucky with McLaurin.
Fitzgerald will probably do worse than he would have with Mullen. Sure, we will have better receivers this year, but he is an elite runner, and Mullen would have had him around 1300 rushing yards, plus more passing yards. He might have better passing numbers, but he won't ever be elite as a passer with the receivers MSU has.
Why is it important for a guy who spent 5 years making several hundred thousand dollars to earn a degree?
UF comes to Florida. It's a home game.
Jumping the gun, I think. He's had two seasons, one good and one bad.
Never had anything resembling a decent receiver corps. Around 13th best group in the conference. Still, he hasn't produced. I think he gets drafted because of his size and Mullen/Moorhead. What happens next is anyone's guess.
Jeffrey Simmons goes early, Fitz in the 4th, Sweat is a wild card. He was amazingly consistent.
Mullen left the best roster in MSU history, Moorhead finished the recruiting class with some help for this season. We won't really know anything about Moorhead until 2019 and 2020.
The guy who was a 2-star recruit. Who got no offers from Power 5 schools. Who had no business being on a roster. Who lead his team to 9-4 record as a junior. Who was vastly inferior in talent to every single offensive player on UF's roster currently.
Yes. We are on the outside right now. Losing consecutive games to Mizzou and Vandy....
Norwood was better, and I would argue that so was Vick Ballard, and perhaps Dicenzo Miller. Dixon was durable and consistent, though.
More effective in YPC. The lack of even an average deep threat allowed defenses to play up. They didn't really have cover the length of the field.
Trace McSorley was 11th in the Big 10 in rushing attempts last season. Moorhead uses what he has. Fitzgerald will be running the ball MORE effectively this season than last if he is healthy.
Here's the reality. Fitzgerald is underrated as a passer. Giver him DeRunnya Wilson, Fred Ross, and Fred Brown, and he is significantly better. That's Mullen's fault. He was never good at recruiting receivers. But, running counts, too, and Fitz can run with the best of them. There are 28 players in SEC history who have scored at least 33 TD's, which is Fitzgerald's number right now. Not a single one of them did it with fewer touches per TD. Also, in 2016, he had the most 50 yard runs in the conference. That's the difference in TD's between him and Tebow or Prescott. He's just faster. But, he can also score from the 2.
Lumbering? In 2016, he had the most 40, 50, and 60 yard runs in the conference.
There is no way he will match up in his career with the best QB's, but running is just as valuable as passing in the college game. Yards are yards.
Lamar Jackson also got hammered by MSU. 6 sacks, 4 INT's. I guess Jackson and Louisville just couldn't handle SEC teams. Go figure.