LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The process to replace Derrick Fourroux as MSU's starting quarterback has taken a significant turn.
Transfer Jacob Bower has enrolled at McNeese State. He will compete for the starting quarterback job.
Bower comes to MSU after spending time at Tulsa, Bakersfield Junior College, and BYU. The 25-year-old Meridian, Idaho native is listed at 6'4" and 238 pounds.
Knowing the Cowboy quarterback competition is wide open, Bower wants to make the most of his shot.
"I looked at the situation when I came down here and I liked it," Bower said. "I'm going to come down here and compete, do my best to be the guy, and if I am, I'm going to work my butt off and try to win a national championship here."
McNeese head coach Matt Viator says he was impressed with what he saw on film.
"I think he throws the ball extremely well," Viator said. "I liked his pocket presence. I like the fact that he can run also and do some things. He gets out of the pocket and some things like that. His playing ability I thought was certainly there."
As for whether or not Bower has already won the starting job, both he and Viator say that's not the case at all.
"No, there hasn't been any promises," Bower said. "(The) best guy plays. Hearing that, really, I liked hearing that because that's probably the first time I've heard that. You talk to a lot of coaches and they always promise you things. 'Yeah, you'll be the guy.' And then you get there and you're really not. I don't think anywhere in the nation has promises. They're always going to play the best guy."
Viator says his program takes the same approach with all transfers: complete honesty throughout the entire process.
"I always tell them, we're going to treat you just like we treat everybody else," Viator said. "If you're the best player, you'll play. If you're not, you won't. I was kind of surprised with him. That really resonated with him. He really liked that."
Bower is competing against Zack O'Quinn, Blake Barousse, Cody Stroud, and Trent Whitley for the starting job. Viator also revealed true freshman Will Briscoe has a torn ACL and he is unsure whether or not he'll be ready for training camp.