An interesting piece of news came out of the Mississippi State bowl practice the other day: Redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan Favre is leaving Starkville. Favre says his plan is to attend Pearl River Community College next semester. Nothing is wrong with playing at a junior college, but another option might help Favre and another team.
What if Jackson State University head coach Rick Comegy went after Favre? The Tigers need a new quarterback with the departure of Casey Therriault. Jackson State just gave Comegy a new contract extension and a raise. And Favre obviously is looking to prove he can be a successful quarterback.
The Tigers run a wide-open spread offense. This is the kind of offense that Favre ran in high school at St. Stanislaus. In his senior year there, Favre won the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year award and earned Parade All-American honors. Instead of going to Southern Miss, Favre decided to go to Mississippi State.
Therriault's play opened the door for Comegy to pursue Favre. It is no longer a novelty to have a white quarterback at a historically black university. Now, I am not saying that JSU cannot succeed without a white quarterback. Throughout its history, JSU has a long list of black quarterbacks who have played at high levels.
What I am saying is that the Tigers can get a highly prized quarterback who can step in for the departing Therriault. Of course, JSU would also gain the name recognition that comes along with signing a player like Favre. Jackson State would stay in the media limelight with Favre at quarterback.
On the down side, Favre has had discipline problems. He was suspended from the Memphis game for breaking an unspecified team rule.
Favre also took to Twitter earlier this season to complain about his lack of playing time.
Still, Therriault came with much heavier baggage when he came to Jackson. And Favre brings a big name to follow a big name.
If he can play, JSU would get Favre for three years. NCAA rules allow a player to transfer from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly Division I) to Football Championship Series (FCS, formerly Division IAA) and not have to sit out a year.
Comegy might feel that Favre does not fit his system, and that is fine; however, if Favre fits the Tigers' system, it would be crazy not to try and get him.
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