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College Football: Mississippi State's Damian Williams headed to Texas State

Sports Editor

Head coach Everett Withers likely has his signal caller for next season.

Mississippi State junior quarterback Damian Williams will join the Bobcats in January, the Daily Record has learned. Williams will enroll as a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible for the 2017 season.

Williams, who traveled with Mississippi State to the St. Petersburg Bowl and stepped in for one snap during the fourth quarter, announced his intentions to transfer for his final season via Instagram before the Egg Bowl on Nov. 26.

The Louisiana native visited Texas State earlier in December, a source close to the program said.

Williams started the Bulldogs’ season opener against South Alabama where he completed 20-of-28 passes for 143 yards through the air and rushed for 93 yards on 12 carries. He was replaced by sophomore Nick Fitzgerald for the remainder of the season, but nearly led a late comeback effort against LSU where he scored two touchdowns in under two minutes during the fourth quarter.

He’s the second MSU quarterback to transfer from the program this season. Freshman Nick Tiano announced on Dec. 5 that he joined Football Championship Subdivision program UT-Chattanooga.

Williams was a 3-star recruit in 2013 per ESPN and 247Sports out of Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La. Texas State offensive coordinator Brett Elliott aided in his recruitment while he served as an offensive assistant under head coach Dan Mullen.

Williams gives Texas State three quarterbacks currently on the roster for spring camp with Dagan Haehn and Joseph Gonzales. Sophomore Connor White and junior Tanner Hodges announced plans to transfer earlier in December after junior Eddie Printz signed a deal to play professional football overseas.

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