Coming off bye week, Mike Leach updates the Mississippi State QB situation ahead of Alabama
For the last three weeks, the questions about Mississippi State’s quarterback situation have ramped up as the Bulldogs have juggled between K.J. Costello and Will Rogers.
Coming out of the bye week, coach Mike Leach tried to clarify the latest at quarterback as Alabama looms this week.
“They’re neck and neck and we’ll continue to split the reps this week for the first couple practices,” Leach said at his Monday press conference. ”
Leach said both quarterbacks have played well in practice, and he doesn’t like to split reps.
“I like to settle on one,” Leach said. “I would prefer that approach, but we’ve been awfully up and down, so we need to figure out who gives us the best spark. So it’s definitely competitive at the position this week.”
Wide receivers and the offensive line are also two areas that could improve their consistency to help the quarterbacks, the coach said. He said wide receivers could play better away from the ball in order to stretch the field.
“We’re explosive but inconsistent, we’re getting more consistent,” Leach said. “Great teams are always consistent and we’ve got to be that. … If you’re called upon to block, you’ve got to get a great block. We do the big things pretty good, we’ve got to do the little things consistently.”
Leach is aware if Rogers were to win the job playing at Alabama may be an especially tough environment to play well.
“I’m already concerned with it, so I don’t know if it makes it more concerning,” he said. “The biggest thing is for any quarterback regardless of the stage, worry about what you can do. As a team, we’ve got to have guys that are able to do that. Just know that your best is always enough because that’s what you’ve got, and go out there and just focus on doing your best in all settings.”