If you’re watching the Georgia-Mississippi State game on Saturday night (7 p.m., ESPN), be on the lookout when the camera pans to show Charles Pledger.
Pledger is a former defensive back for Georgia (1991-93). He is also the second cousin of Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State’s splendid quarterback, who led his team to a stunning 37-7 win over LSU last Saturday in Starkville.
Fitzgerald, who grew up in Richmond Hill, Ga. (about 20 minutes South of Savannah), did not receive a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia. He only played one season of high school football on a 2-8 team. He was the quarterback in a triple-option offense and attempted only 76 passes. He was not exactly a fit for Georgia and its pro-style attack. In fact, Fitzgerald received only two scholarship offers: Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi State.
But Pledger tried to convince Mike Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator at the time, that he could use Fitzgerald at another position. Georgia still passed. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.