The Mississippi State Bulldogs are set to enter the season with a new quarterback under center after Dak Prescott moved on to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft.
With the uncertainty at the position entering the upcoming college football season, the Bulldogs are allowing four quarterbacks — Nick Fitzgerald, Damian Williams, Elijah Staley and Nick Tiano — to compete for the job.
So far, the competition is very close.
In fact, the competition is so close that Fitzgerald, who earned the most recent first-team reps, says the team determined who would go out with the first unit by playing a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”
“I won rock-paper-scissors, so if anything, my confidence in that game is pretty high right now,” Fitzgerald joked, via Ben Wait of The Dispatch.
Last season, in limited action as Prescott’s primary backup, Fitzgerald threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns.Williams has recorded 434 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, before being redshirted in 2015. Staley has added 51 yards and a touchdown during his time at Mississippi State and Tiano has seen no action.
Regardless of who ends up winning the starting job, they will be facing the tough task of replacing the best quarterback in Bulldogs history.