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Fitzgerald named to Maxwell Award watch list.

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Mississippi State Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

When we were kids we, probably, often tried to wear shoes that were a little too big for us. Sometimes it was on purpose, sometimes it was just being in a hurry. You probably fell a few times in them, but eventually, over time, those shoes fit you. We knew coming into last season, Nick Fitzgerald had some huge shoes to fill. Replacing arguably one of the best offensive players in one of toughest conferences in football is no easy task, and its safe to say those shoes were a few sizes too big. After a year of experience, those shoes seem like they are fitting pretty well. Dak’s first true season under center began as a sophomore, just like Fitzgerald. Statistically speaking, Fitzgerald had a more impressive season, beating out Prescott in passing and rushing yards and total touchdowns. And just like Dak, to begin his junior year, Fitzgerald has just been named to the Maxwell Award watch list.

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Fitzgerald will be...

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  • 81%
    One of Best in MSU History
    (129 votes)
  • 2%
    A Disappointment
    (4 votes)
  • 15%
    Average
    (25 votes)
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After a year that was up and down, Fitzgerald is poised for a breakout season, much like that of his predecessor. Now while it is understandable that Fitzgerald is no Prescott, yet at least, you cannot deny the similarities. Both come from small towns with populations under 20,000, which left them both underrated as recruits (3 star). They also began their careers as sophomores, taking over for a program record holder. Prescott, at 226, and Fitzgerald, at 230, both have similar builds as well. Dan is still the man in Starkvegas and the offensive coordinators remain with the team as well.

Then again, it is just a watch list that 50 quarterbacks are named to every offseason. State fans, as much as we love Prescott, its time for the shoe to Fitz. Wouldn’t you love to go Dak to the past?

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