Three-Dog Competition for Starting Job Continues Into Friday Scrimmage

His head coach isn't in a hurry. His position coach doesn't worry. So why should Nick Fitzgerald let this situation faze him?

Short answer: he doesn't. With kickoff barely two weeks off and an entire fan base anxious to know who is going to call the first snap of Mississippi State's season, it seems the least-concerned Bulldog is the one who carries the highest expectations into 2016.

Instead the sophomore is satisfied to continue splitting practice snaps with junior Damian Williams and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano, and let the most consistent camper win the right to start. Or to start the first game that is. Coach Dan Mullen has already said he plans on playing more than a starter against South Alabama anyway.

At the same time quarterback pride counts, too. So Fitzgerald goes into Friday's scrimmage game planning to put on a better show than he, and his peers, did a week ago in the first scrimmage. Maybe a better way to regard this intrasquad contest is that no quarterback is likely to win that job tomorrow...but somebody could lose it with a bad evening. And Fitzgerald doesn't expect to do that at all.

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