November 30, 2016 5:02:45 PM
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Tiano said he will explore his options outside of MSU via a Twitter post posted Wednesday afternoon.
Tiano served as the third string quarterback behind starter Nick Fitzgerald and backup Damian Williams this season.
"After much thought and consideration, I have decided to explore my options to continue my education and football career outside of Mississippi State University," Tiano tweeted. "I have had an incredible experience here in Starkville as part of the Bulldog family and will always have great memories of my time here. As much as I have enjoyed my experience at MSU, I feel that it is best for me to explore my options. To the fans, I truly appreciate the support during my time here. You made me feel right at home and I will always appreciate that. Thank you to my coaches for giving me the opportunity to come here and play. Most importantly, I would like to thank my teammates. I have loved going to work every day with you guys, and I wish you all nothing but the best in everything you do. Thank you to everyone for the support through all of this. I love football and will continue to work to get to where I want to go. I am excited about the opportunity to continue my career and chase my dream. Thank you."
The Chattanooga, Tennessee, native played in five games and was 1 of 1 for five yards. A team spokesperson said he has not pursued any of those options yet and has not transferred. He could travel with the team to a bowl game if they get an invite at 5-7.
MSU began training camp with a four-player quarterback battle. Fitzgerald won the job and started all 12 games. Sophomore Elijah Staley transferred to Tyler (Texas) Junior College in mid-August. Junior Damian Williams, who had the most experience entering, posted a picture on Instagram with a caption saying the Battle for the Golden Egg was going to be his last game at MSU. MSU coach Dan Mullen said Saturday he had preliminary discussions with Williams and will help Williams find another place to play if he wants to continue his career.
MSU has one quarterback commitment in the 2017 signing class in four-star dual-threat signal caller Keytaon Thompson of New Orleans, Louisiana. MSU also has walk-on Wyatt Roberts, who played two seasons at East Mississippi Community College, on the roster. He served as the scout team quarterback.