Back to the drawing board? Mike Leach shares his latest plans for Mississippi State's quarterbacks
The Mississippi State offense is in a state of flux following a disastrous showing at Kentucky where it was shutout and the only points the Bulldogs got were on a safety. So where does coach Mike Leach turn next at quarterback after Mississippi State played both K.J. Costello and Will Rogers last week?
Will Costello start for Mississippi State against Texas A&M this week?
“We’ll see,” Leach said, and added that he’s looking for competition at every position after losses to Kentucky and Arkansas.
It’s quite the drop for Costello, who completed 36 of his 60 passes for 623 yards and five touchdowns in the opener against LSU. That passed former Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier’s previous SEC single-game passing record of 544 yards against Southern Miss in 1993. Costello now has six touchdowns and nine interceptions.
What about the door being closed on Garrett Shrader?
“If you keep shuffling the deck, you’re not really going to get anywhere,” Leach said. “We’ll see what unfolds, but K.J. and Will will battle it out this week, so we’ll see.”
State has 11 interceptions already this season, and just six touchdowns after Costello threw four interceptions at Kentucky and Rogers had two of his own. Leach said Rogers handled a “brutally tough” situation pretty good at Kentucky after he was called to play off the bench.
“Under the circumstances, I thought it was a start,” Leach said.