Consistency, both on and off the field, is a key point the Mississippi State University football team has focused on throughout the season. Challenges have arose and players have had to overcome adversity throughout this season, making the MSU win versus Texas A&M a ‘silver lining,’ wrapped in maroon and white.
Nick Fitzgerald, a senior quarterback from Richmond Hill, Georgia, shared his view on moving forward each game and focusing on the present moment.
“You can’t let one game beat you twice, and after a game, you watch the film, you try to learn as much as you can from it and you move on from it,” Fitzgerald said. “You don’t think about the past, you don’t think about anything that happened last game or what’s going to happen next game, you just focus on what you’re doing in the moment.”
Offensive coordinator coach Luke Getsy saw improvements in Fitzgerald’s ability and performance.
“Nick did a really nice job taking control of the game, both running the football and throwing the football,” Getsy said. “I thought he was seeing the field really well.”
Fitzgerald felt the team’s performance and his own had improved drastically, and they are becoming more comfortable with the new offense head coach Joe Moorhead brought to MSU.
“I think we had a really good plan,” said Fitzgerald. “And we just went out there and executed it.”
Getsy saw a good level of physicality from the wide receivers during last Saturday’s game, and he feels he team played their best game of the season.
“I thought the receivers did a really nice job. I know their statistics said they played the best game, but overall, I thought they really did,” Getsy said. “I thought they were playing fast, I thought they were playing physical, and it was both the run game and the pass game. I thought they played their best game.”
Tucker Day, a sophomore punter from Brentwood, Tennessee, discussed his performance and how he anticipates improvement with a punting style change he is currently working on. He also included how he has seen the team grow, and expressed optimism toward the upcoming game this season.
“I understand that I have not had the best rookie-punting season as I have wanted to have, but I kind of see this as the coaches are trusting in me to do what I can do,” Day said. “They are giving me the opportunity to just go out there and play my type of game.”
Day said he is excited to show the improvements he is making to his punting, and he feels the support from the team and coaches. Day said the coaching staff is doing everything they can to get the team ready to produce the best results.
“The coaches, they want whatever is best for the team,” Day said. “They know what they’re doing.”
MSU will play Louisiana Tech University at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for MSU’s Homecoming Game. SEC Network will broadcast the game, and Bulldogs will become bowl-game eligible if they win.