Mississippi State QB K.J. Costello earns yet another honor for historic Bulldogs debut
The honors continue to roll in for Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello after his impressive start to the 2020 season.
On Thursday, Costello was named the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earned the honor by winning a Facebook fan vote held by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, receiving more than 3,700 votes. Costello had about 1,200 more votes than UCF’s Dillon Gabriel, the second-place finisher.
Costello was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, the Walter Camp FBS National Offensive Player of the Week and the Maxwell Award Player of the Week, as well as being named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list.
In Mississippi State’s season-opening 44-34 win at LSU, Costello passed for 623 yards, breaking the school and SEC single-game records. The mark ranked 11th in NCAA history. The redshirt senior went 36-for-60, which were both Bulldogs records, while matching the all-time school mark with five passing touchdowns.
Not only was it Costello’s first start since transferring from Stanford, but it was Mississippi State’s first game under new head coach Mike Leach. The Air Raid offense proved to be effective against LSU, the defending national champions, as the Bulldogs put up 632 yards of total offense and pulled off the upset on the road.
If the opener was a sign of things to come, then it could end up being a special season for both Costello and the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State is set to play its home opener at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday when it hosts Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network Alternate.