Mike Leach updates ongoing Mississippi State QB battle between K.J. Costello, Will Rogers
Things haven’t gone well for Mississippi State over the last several weeks.
After a season that began with a great deal of promise, head coach Mike Leach is desperate to boost a flagging offense with a home date against Vanderbilt coming up on Nov. 7. How that will shape a very fluid situation at quarterback between grad transfer K.J. Costello and true freshman Will Rogers remains to be seen, though.
“I’d say (they’re) 50-50. That’s what they were last weekend, too,” Leach said on Monday, according to 247Sports.
Costello stormed out of the gates this season, throwing for an SEC-record 623 yards in a win at LSU on Sept. 26 as Leach’s Air Raid offense appeared as if it would take hold.
But things have shifted dramatically during a 4-game losing streak, including Costello throwing 3 interceptions against Arkansas on Oct. 3 and being benched during the Bulldogs’ 24-2 loss to Kentucky the following week, then being benched again in favor of Rogers against Texas A&M on Oct. 17. He was then forced to exit against Alabama on Saturday after sustaining a head injury in the 2nd quarter of the Bulldogs’ 41-0 loss. Meanwhile, Rogers was 24-of-37 for 147 yards while tossing 2 interceptions in relief.
As for the status of Costello, Leach didn’t have an update, according to 247Sports.
“We’ll monitor it through the week,” he said.