Garrett Shrader is one of the first Air Raid defections.
The Mississippi State quarterback announced Tuesday afternoon that he is leaving Starkville to pursue greener pastures elsewhere. Using the four-game transfer rule (and the green light the NCAA has given student-athletes fro eligibility this fall) Shrader will have three years to play at his next destination.
I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and Mississippi State fan base that has supported me during my time at MSU. I have had the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. Starkville is a special place.
This is not an easy decision, but I am a QB and it’s the skill set that got me here and fortunately I have been blessed to play in the SEC. With this being said I have 3 years of eligibility and have entered the transfer portal.
I wish nothing but the best for Mississippi State University and especially Mississippi State Football. My recruitment is 100% open. Please respect my decision.
A top ten dual-threat quarterback out of Charlotte, NC., Shrader was recruited by Joe Moorhead to run an offense that featured the QB run out of run-pass options. Called into action as a true freshman after Penn State grad transfer Tommy Stevens struggled with injuries, Shrader earned his first career start against UK in 2019. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week after rushing for 125 yards against the Cats and completing 17-of-22 passes for 180 yards in the 28-14 Bulldog victory.
Another domino to fall from the 2019 Egg Bowl dog-pee end zone celebration, Shrader did not fit the mold of a Mike Leach quarterback. The Pirate recruited grad transfer K.J. Costello and Starkville High’s Will Rogers to man the offense. Instead of quarterback, Shrader was moved to wide receiver in 2020 where he caught one pass for eight yards against Arkansas.
The brilliant neck beard fit in wonderfully at Starkville until a new coach come to town. Even though he’s gone, we’ll always remember this wonderful play Shrader made one Saturday that defied all laws of physics.
Garrett Shrader doing his best helicopter impression for Mississippi State pic.twitter.com/fY8kGFvcD4
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) September 14, 2019