Mississippi State’s bizarre season is only getting weirder ahead of the Music City Bowl.
Injuries forced true freshman Garrett Shrader into action at quarterback. After earning the starting spot for good, an injury to his face will sideline him for the Music City Bowl.
According to a report from Miss. State’s 247 Sports site, an altercation after practice ended with Shrader getting decked by a defensive player. The gritty details:
The end result was a swollen eye for the quarterback which initially seemed of moderate concern. There was a short walk-through Saturday practice, with Shrader withheld from participation.
Follow-up examination after swelling subsided revealed some orbital bone damage. While further evaluations continue sources are now confident the bone will heal naturally, without surgical attention and perhaps by the end of January.
The report did not detail what started the fight or the player’s name that effectively sidelined Shrader. Tommy Stevens will start in Shrader’s place.
There’s been little rhyme or reason to Joe Moorhead’s second season in Starkville. Now capped off with one player knocking out his starting quarterback, it’s a nice reflection of what kind of command he has over the program.