Quarterbacks from USC seem destined to become Heisman Trophy contenders. At Texas Tech, they’re likely to lead the nation in passing. Those from Purdue, with a lineage that includes Len Dawson, Bob Griese and Drew Brees, eventually may win Super Bowls.
Then there is Mississippi State. If Purdue truly is “The Cradle of Quarterbacks,” Mississippi State is the graveyard — it’s where quarterback careers have gone to die.
Consider that Mississippi State’s single-season passing record is 2,422 yards. Last season, 43 FBS quarterbacks threw for more. And although 2,000 passing yards is a modest passing total by today’s standards, only once in the past 14 seasons has a Mississippi State quarterback reached that mark (Kevin Fant in 2003).