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Mississippi State Football: What makes K.J. Costello the SEC’s best quarterback?

The transfer was seamless, as Costello is an SEC star in the making.

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Following a record-setting performance in Mississippi State’s upset victory over the LSU Tigers, it is clear that Costello has separated himself from the conference’s other signal-callers.

As we all know, the Southeastern Conference is different, and its defenses are top-notch. And though LSU lost a lot of talent to the NFL and was without its top defender, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., the Tigers still boast one of the game’s top defensive units. But Costello’s confidence and composure put the college football world on notice that he is here to make an SEC statement.

Costello carved the Tigers’ defense, having completed 36 passes for 623 yards and five touchdowns. Though he did throw two picks, Costello stood tall in the pocket despite taking hit after hit early.

As the Bulldogs have one of the SEC’s most promising offensive attacks, Costello and his teammates’ chemistry was widely apparent. All who posted more than 100 yards in their own right were running back Kylin Hill and wideouts Osirus Mitchell and JaVonta Payton. With these three weapons at his disposal, expect Costello to get even better throughout the season.

The Bulldogs return to Starkville to face Arkansas in their home opener, and there is no reason to believe that Costello will be anything short of sensational against the Razorbacks. Compared to his contemporaries, Costello’s play is on another level. Granted, it has only been one game, but there is a clear gap. Big things to come from Costello.

Hail State!