Signed by Tampa Bay as a college free agent on May 10, 2019.
Started 37-of-45 games played at Mississippi State (2014-18). Finished his career with 6,207 passing yards on 511 completions and 55 passing touchdowns.
Set four SEC quarterback records as a dual-threat signal caller, including career rushing yards (3,607), career 100-yard rushing games (21), single-season 100-yard rushing games (eight in 2016), and single-season yards per carry (7.1 in 2016). Also added 46 career touchdowns on the ground.
Started all 12 games as a senior team captain in 2018, passing for 1,767 yards and 16 touchdowns. Added 1,121 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 221 carries. Had five games of 100-yards passing/100-yards rushing, which tied for the FBS lead.
As a junior (2017), started all 12 games and passed for 1,782 yards with 15 touchdowns. Rushed for 984 yards and 14 scores. His 29 touchdowns accounted for ranked second in the SEC.
Selected as a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards in 2017.
Logged 2,423 passing yards and 21 touchdowns in 13 starts as a sophomore (2016). Led the conference in total offensive yards (3,798) and rushing touchdowns (16), helping him earn Third-Team All-SEC honors according to Phil Steele.
Appeared in eight games as a redshirt freshman (2015), completing 11-of-14 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Added 127 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Majored in finance.
Attended Richmond Hill High School (Richmond Hill, Georgia).
Earned honorable mention all-state selection and was named the Region 3-5A Player of the Year after his senior season.
Son of Anneta and Derrick. Father, Derrick, served in the Air Force.
Uncle, Charles Pledger, played cornerback at Georgia from 1990-93.
Born Nicholas Fitzgerald on January 14, 1996 in Germany.