Not only did West Virginia native Tyson Bagent make it to the NFL against all odds, but he’s producing too. And Sunday was likely a day Bagent will never forget.
The Shepherd University product scored his first career NFL touchdown during the Bears’ loss to Minnesota. When Justin Fields left the game with a hand injury, Chicago looked to Bagent to take over under center.
And even though Bagent failed to lead the Bears to victory, he had some impressive moments. Bagent completed 10 out of 14 passes for 83 yards, granted he did throw a pick too. But Bagent’s big personal highlight came on the ground when he used his legs to score.
First NFL TD for @tysbagent 🙌
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 15, 2023
The rushing touchdown was Chicago’s only touchdown in the game and the first for Bagent in the NFL. It kept hope alive in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings would end up holding on for the win.
How much more Bears fans see of Bagent will likely depend on the health status of Fields moving forward. Bagent made Chicago’s roster and then won backup job thanks to a solid preseason. The Bears signed the Martinsburg native as an undefeated free agent.
Even though Bagent didn’t garner attention like other quarterbacks from Division I schools, his college statistics were too much to ignore for the NFL to not give him a chance. In Division II, he threw for 4,580 yards in 2022 and exactly 5,000 yards passing in 2021. Bagent also completed 70% of his passes and tossed 41 touchdowns this past season, totaling 91 the last two years combined.
Tyson Bagent in the NFL also no doubt means hearing more from his dad, Travis. Mr. Bagent actually spoke for his son at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and entertained the media members, including WVSN’s Mike Asti, in attendance.
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