Mississippi State head coach commitment to accuracy
Sixty-five percent: that’s the rate at which Mississippi State Head Coach Joe Moorhead expects his quarterbacks to complete passes and right now the Bulldogs QB’s are falling shy of that mark.
Now that benchmark isn’t a necessarily concrete number. Moorhead said at his weekly news conference it also depends on productivity of the offense and ultimately whether the Bulldogs win or lose.
However, the first year MSU coach did say Nick Fitzgerald, who only completed 41 percent of his passes Saturday against Kansas State, has to do a better job in that department. “We are attempting to push the ball downfield more and I think some of the things you saw were him throwing it to the right receiver. And a lot of things go into completion percentage. Protection, you know, the route, the read and the throw so certainly Nick and K.T. have made positive steps forward with what we want them to do from the quarterback position, we do need to be completing passes at a higher percentage.”
Aside from the Egg Bowl last year, Fitzgerald’s completion rate in losses was 47 percent.