Mississippi State football

Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader (6) throws a pass before being pressured by Southern Mississippi defensive back D.Q. Thomas.

It all came so suddenly for Garrett Shrader.

Mississippi State’s true freshman backup quarterback was on the sidelines late in the second quarter of MSU’s game against Southern Miss on Saturday when word came that starting signal caller Tommy Stevens was hurt. Stevens wasn’t returning to the game.

Despite his youth, Shrader entered with the poise of a veteran and helped the Bulldogs close out a 38-15 win over the Golden Eagles. It was, by any measure, an incredibly successful debut for Shrader.

For more on Shrader and MSU, plus sport editor Danny P. Smith's column on the victory, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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