The competition to replace Dak Prescott as the starting quarterback at Mississippi State has been reduced from four to three. The school announced Friday that sophomore quarterback Elijah Staley has been granted his release and will transfer.
MSU quarterback Elijah Staley was granted his release and will transfer https://t.co/8zjHqWbfuz
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) August 12, 2016
Staley saw action in two games for the Bulldogs last season. He completed 3 of 5 passes, including one for a touchdown, and also ran for 18 yards on three carries.
In a statement released by the school, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said that Staley, “has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”
The 6-foot-5 Staley also spent some time on the Bulldogs basketball team plus he missed spring practice as a freshman with a knee injury. Both situations might have contributed to him failing to find a place with the football team.
The three remaining quarterbacks trying to win the starting job are sophomore Nick Fitzgerald, junior Damian Williams and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if (someone transferred),” Mullen said during the team’s on-campus media day. “And to be honest and I’d be supportive helping those guys any way I could because they want to be in a position to go play.”