In a much anticipated season, maybe the most in the history of Mississippi State football, fans across the nation will get their first look into a new regime tomorrow from 9 A.M - 1:15 P.M. From coach Moorhead stepping in for Dan Mullen to Fitzgerald’s recovery, there is plenty to be addressed. In addition, Green and McLaurin will have plenty to say about a promising defense. The Bulldogs’ season is sure to be a show and a half, as the top notch talent on both sides of the ball is more than ready to go.
But who will address what and why is that so important? Moreover, how will Moorhead, Fitzgerald, Green, and McLaurin handle the media? In short, make no mistake that the four mentioned above will have a lot to say.
Let’s start with Moorhead, whose last season at Penn State was historic, as he helped elevate former Nittany Lion and now New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley along then sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley into superstardom. Moorhead is an offensive savant that has all the weapons in the world to take Mississippi State a level higher. He is a player’s coach and is no nonsense, ultimately the perfect fit for the Bulldogs.
He has all of the requisite pieces in place for a run at the ultimate goal. With the combination of leadership and experience as well as young, talented phenoms, this year’s squad has it all. Under Moorhead’s stewardship, there is no question that Mississippi State will be atop the headlines for all the right reasons, in large part due to one of the game’s best minds.
Now comes the real question, as Fitzgerald will have to be prepared for multiple inquiries about his health. Having said that, he has looked spectacular, as he was just named has been put onto the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award. Given his ability as arguably the game’s most lethal dual threat, he may mentioned in an even higher conversation.
While an injury of that caliber is borderline catastrophic, Fitzgerald looks more than comfortable and poised for a big senior year. He will shine in Moorhead’s system and not look back, as his work ethic is unrivaled. Fitzgerald knows the game and will make the most out of a huge, exciting media day.
Then there is the defense, which is rapidly up and coming. Represented by upperclassmen Green and McLaurin, the Bulldogs are well aware of the SEC’s offensive talent and have a plan in place.
Green, an end with a high football IQ and a quick first step knows a thing or two about how to get to the quarterback. McLaurin, who can read the eyes of anyone and quickly disrupt a play will have to lead the secondary. Both have experience and are vocal in the locker room.
But the question remains as to how stingy this defense is. Can they stop the best of them? With quarterback talent like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia’s Jake Fromm / Jacob Eason, or Mizzou’s Drew Lock, both Green and McLaurin will have to be at the top of their respective game.
All in all, it will be an entertaining day, as these Bulldogs all know how to have fun. SEC media day is always special and expect Mississippi State to steal the show. With the right representation in place, it will be made clear that expectations are at their highest, as 2018 will be a year to remember in Starkville.