Walk-on kicker McGrath leaves MSU

Walk-on kicker J.J. McGrath has left the MSU football team. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Walk-on kicker J.J. McGrath has left the MSU football team. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Kicker J.J. McGrath has left the Mississippi State football team.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-footer walked on after transferring in from Michigan where he redshirted as a true freshman last fall. McGrath went through fall camp with the Bulldogs and was eligible to play immediately.

McGrath’s departure leaves walk-ons Evan Sobiesk and Westin Graves to battle for MSU’s placekicking job. Sobiesk made 3-of-6 field goals last season with a long of 38 yards. Graves is a true freshman from Jackson Prep.

Head coach Dan Mullen had this to say Monday on the battle between Sobiesk and Graves.

“I think it’s going to be interesting. Coming out of training camp, by day it’s neck and neck. Those two are separated by percentage points by day. It’s back and forth. We had some competitive kicking today, and it might go back a percentage point the other way. The punters have done really well with Devon Bell and Logan Cooke. They’ve been pretty solid. I think that once in while they have a bad kick that might have used to feel like our average now feels like a bad kick. We are going to try to continue to put them in competitive situations. Now, the only thing we can go off of is the statistics and who has done the better job.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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