October 6, 2008

Lee remains the starter at QB

With their most successful offensive showing of the season against LSU, do not expect to see any wholesale changes in personnel this week.

Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom said Monday morning that Tyson Lee will remain the Bulldogs starting quarterback heading into their showdown with Vanderbilt this weekend.

"Nothing has changed at quarterback," Croom said. "Tyson will start this game. I just expect him to get better, run the offense, make plays when he has the opportunity to do so, not turn it over and continue to improve from what he did against LSU and in practice last week. He was very accurate and very quick with his decisions. When things didn't work well, I thought he pulled the ball down and made some plays and threw some away. Overall, his decision making was very good and he didn't turn the ball over."

Lee earned his first career start against the Tigers and completed 17-of-26 passing for 175 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. On the season, Lee has hit on 47-of-71 passing for 466 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

With his consistent play against LSU, Croom's confidence in the former walk-on junior college All-American is growing stronger.

"If he fumbles the ball or throws an interception, I'm not going to pull him," Croom said. "I've told him that but I do reserve the right to make changes if we need to. If I feel like in the course of the game that we need to make a change, we'll do that."

Croom's original plan coming into the season was to use the dual quarterback system with Lee and Wesley Carroll interchanging under center. That scheme was put to rest after MSU's opening loss to Louisiana Tech.

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