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    Who Is Tyson Bagent? Bears Backup Thrust Into Starting Role After Justin Fields Injury

    The Bears ended up turning to a unknown, undrafted passer from the non-NCAA Division I realm named Tyson Bagent vs. the Vikings. Who is he?

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    The Chicago Bears received some much-needed explosive momentum one week ago courtesy of quarterback Justin Fields, who threw for four touchdowns to lift the Bears to their first win of the season vs. the Washington Commanders on Oct. 5.

    But on Sunday, the Bears received a scare when Fields went down with a hand injury against the Minnesota Vikings. And from there, an unknown, undrafted passer went in for the rest of the afternoon for the Bears.

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    Tyson Bagent Makes NFL Debut Following Undrafted Journey From NCAA Division II Ranks

    Tyson Bagent was thrown into action for the Bears when Fields left during the third quarter with the score 12-6 in favor of the Vikings. Fields appeared to have landed awkwardly on his throwing hand.

    For Bagent, his NFL appearance helped write a new chapter in his personal story as an undrafted rookie who was last seen outside of the FBS and even FCS realms.

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    The 6’3″, 213-pound Bagent was last seen suiting up for Shepherd University, who play in NCAA Division II. Right away, he became a decorated passer for the Rams.

    In his freshman season, Bagent went on to toss 3,029 yards and threw 29 touchdowns before landing on the All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) first team. But his sophomore season saw an improvement in his numbers.

    Bagent went on to deliver 4,349 yards and 36 touchdowns and was picked off just 13 times. He also completed 71% of his throws.

    Then, following a suspension of play in 2020 due to the threat of COVID-19, Bagent went on to become a 5,000-yard passer. In addition to hitting that mark, Bagent surpassed 50 touchdowns by tossing 53 on the year and again ended up with just 13 interceptions.

    Bagent’s College Career

    Turns out Bagent was in pursuit of a possible roster spot at the FBS level.

    In January 2022, he officially entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. But, as he told Rich Kozlowski of The Journal, his heart was really set on Shepherd.

    “I’m not going anywhere,” Bagent said. “Me, my grandfather, and father wanted to see if there’s anything out there. I love Shepherd too much.”

    Turns out he was hoping to see if a Power Five program like LSU, Alabama, or others would lure him in. With no one from a Power Five conference interested, Bagent played one more season for the Rams and racked up 4,580 yards with 41 touchdowns and lowered his interceptions to eight.

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    With 159 career touchdown passes, he became the NCAA’s leader in that category regardless of division. That’s more than what Case Keenum had at the University of Houston at 155.

    How Did Bagent Fare Against the Vikings?

    Bagent didn’t take long to score his first NFL touchdown. Although, it was through a QB sneak that cut the lead to 19-12.

    Bagent ended up completing 10 of 14 attempts, leading him to a 71.4% completion rate. However, he was picked off once, and the Bears fell to 1-5 overall, losing 19-13 against their NFC North rivals.

    Now, dependent on the extent of Fields’ injury, Bagent could be in for his first NFL start on Oct. 22 vs. the Las Vegas Raiders.

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