Mississippi State is one win shy of becoming bowl eligible.
To reach six wins tonight at 6:45 p.m. will be a tough task taking on No. 3 Alabama but the Bulldogs will have the benefit of home field advantage inside Davis Wade Stadium.
Notes: Father, Greg Sr., is a vice president of sales and marketing for the Dallas Cowboys. Waited his turn behind Chase Daniel at Southlake (Texas) Carroll before capitalizing on his one year as a starter - piled up 4,687 passing yards with 68 total touchdowns (56 passing) while leading an undefeated national championship team and taking home the state's Offensive Player of the Year award. Committed to the Crimson Tide and then-head coach Mike Shula in 2006 before redshirting. Saw limited action in two games in '07, completing 8-of-9 pass attempts (88.9 percent) for 73 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. Played six games in '08, totaling 8-11-123-1-1 (72.7). After backing up John Parker Wilson, got his chance to start in '09 and produced 198-325-2,508-17-4 (60.9) in 14 games (all starts) for the national champs. Cracked two ribs in the third quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship game against Florida but did not miss any action. In '10, passed 222-313-2,987-20-5 (70.9) in 13 starts. Hurt his right foot in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, had a head injury against Florida and sustained a concussion against Auburn. Suffered a deep contusion of the second metacarpal on his right (throwing) hand during the Senior Bowl and could not throw at the Combine. Team captain. Had a 24-3 career starting record.
Positives: Very smart and well-schooled in a pro-style offense with progression-style NFL reads and sight adjustments. Excellent character and work ethic. Tough. Takes what the defense gives him and protects the ball.
Negatives: Limited arm strength - cannot make all the throws or fit the ball into tight windows. Everything has to be perfect for him to perform - has no improvisational ability to create when plays break down. Has a tendency to play too cautiously and take the checkdown instead of cutting it loose and hitting open receivers down the field. Marginal escapability - is tracked down easily by pressure and mechanics break down throwing on the move.
Summary: Not big, tall or strong-armed and won't win games with his arm, but is very smart, tough and hardworking and capable of managing a game and distributing the ball to playmakers. Needs a strong supporting cast and time to throw to function, and physical limitations always will be restricting.