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A Star SEC Quarterback Has Been Suspended For Week 1

A pylon at Mississippi State with teams lined up in the background.

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 21: The Mississippi State Bulldogs move down the field against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

One of the top quarterbacks in the country has been suspended for his team's Week 1 game. The news of the suspension is fairly shocking.

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead announced this afternoon that his team's starting QB, Nick Fitzgerald, will not be playing this weekend.

Fitzgerald is one of the top quarterbacks in the country, coming off a really impressive 2017 season.

He's being suspended along with a couple of other players.

Fitzgerald, a senior, has more than 4,000 career passing yards and 39 touchdowns. He's rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns.

His absence Week 1 likely won't have much of an effect on Mississippi State's chances, as the Bulldogs are taking on Stephen F. Austin.

However, if Fitzgerald were to miss an extended period of time, that would be significant. Mississippi State is set to take on Kansas State in Manhattan Week 2. SEC play starts on Sept. 22.