STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State freshman quarterback Nick Schuessler has decided to leave the football program. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Schuessler was a late signee from Loganville, Ga., and was enrolled in summer school at Mississippi State.
His departure leaves the Bulldogs with just two scholarship quarterbacks for the upcoming season - junior Tyler Russell and redshirt freshman Dak Prescott.
Mississippi State spokesman Joe Galbraith confirmed Schuessler would not be with the team in the fall.
Schuessler led Grayson High School to a 15-0 record and Class 5A Georgia State Championship his senior season, throwing for 1,853 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 297 yards and five touchdowns.
KATHLEEN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Veterans High School has hired a new boys basketball coach.
Tonight, the booster club hosted a meet-and-greet for the players' families in the school cafeteria.
It's been just ten days since Chris Kothe, an assistant at Perry for the last five years, took over as the new coach, but his players say he already means business.
"A lot of running, conditioning," says senior Jonathan Robertson. "But you know, most coaches.. that's how you gotta get back in shape. It's good, learning the new system and all."
The father of two says he's a family man at home, and he expects the best out of his players on the court as well.
"I bring the same thing into the gym," says Kothe. "I am hard at times. I'll he hard with them in the gym, but we can be friends outside the gym."
The Warhawks were knocked out of the playoffs last year in the first round, but this season they expect to go farther.
"We should have a better record than we did last season and go farther in state than we did," says senior Malik Broughton.
"I think we're gonna be in perfect shape," says Robertson. "I'm thinking we're probably gonna go to the Final Four and win the region championship."
"We lost six seniors, but myself and the coaching staff and the kids all feel like there was more left on the table at the end of last year, and they're gonna push the bar up high, as are the coaches," says Kothe.
As of now Kothe says only 14 players are in the gym, but as the season gets closer he expects that number to rise.
"When the fall comes and we get the rest of everybody else out there, when they start hearing the buzz that we have going, and the direction that we're gonna be headed this year--the new direction--it's gonna be fun."
The Warhawks will get their first taste of competition under their new head coach at a team camp next Thursday through Saturday at Mercer University.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The two Georgia high school football teams involved in a post-game brawl that left a coach severely injured are scheduled to face each other again, but a school official insists on several conditions.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that Warren County Superintendent Carole Jean Carey wants the game played with no fans, though parents of players and school officials could attend.
The superintendent doesn't want the player accused of hitting Warren County coach David Daniel to play in the game, and said her team would forfeit if all the stipulations aren't met.
Daniel suffered crushed bones in his face and had metal plates implanted in his head following his team's 21-2 win over Hancock Central on Oct. 14.
The teams are scheduled to face each other on Sept. 28.