Mississippi State Football: 3 reasons KJ Costello will excel with Bulldogs

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KJ Costello is headed to Mississippi State football. Here are three reasons it will work out at Mississippi State for the former Stanford quarterback.

Former Stanford quarterback KJ Costello has a new home. He is joining first-year head coach Mike Leach. Costello, a four-star, pro-style quarterback from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is a strong-armed traditional pocket passer who can make any throw asked of him.

The California native had a banner year in 2018 throwing for over 3,500 yards and 29 touchdowns. Costello only played in five games this season due to injuries.

Getting a quarterback the caliber of Costello to come down to Starkville was a huge get for new Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach. The hole at quarterback was glaring especially with the system Leach brings to “Starkvegas.” Garrett Shrader is a solid young quarterback, but his skill set doesn’t fit the Air-Raid offensive system. The recruiting of Costello instantly upgrades the quarterback room at Mississippi State.

It also allows Leach to develop a young quarterback without having to start one right away. If there is a question whether or not a one-year transfer quarterback can acclimate himself to Leach’s system, look no further than Washington State’s last two starting quarterbacks, Gardner Minshew and Anthony Gordon. Minshew transferred from East Carolina and Gordon was a JUCO transfer.

Here are three more reasons this is a good fit.

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