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Ed Orgeron: Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald a ‘complete quarterback’

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How long has it been since LSU has had a “complete quarterback”? Ed Orgeron says the Tigers will have to deal with one this weekend.

The Tigers coach described Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald as a “complete quarterback” in his weekly press conference before LSU plays the Bulldogs on Saturday.

The challenge for LSU is finding a way to contain the elusive Fitzgerald, who is gaining nearly nine yards on every carry, without sacrificing the ability to control the secondary.

Orgeron knows that’s easier said than done.

“If you put too many people in the box, he can throw that football,” Orgeron said. “And they’ve got darned good receivers. He can make the reads on the zone read that he needs to and keep the ball and scramble out of the pocket.

“He’s a good decision-maker. He’s a good runner. He can scramble. And he can throw the deep ball. He’s a complete quarterback, in my mind.”

So far, Fitzgerald has rushed for 152 yards and passed for 363, with three rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns, as the Bulldogs have run over Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech. They scored a combined 106 points in those games.

Last year, however, the Tigers defense got the upper hand against Fitzgerald. They held the quarterback, then a sophomore, to 13 rushing yards and 120 passing yards, sacking him four times in a 23-20 victory – a win that turned out to be the last for Les Miles.

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