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STARKVILLE, Pass over. — Joe Moorhead stated Thursday that junior quarterback Keytaon Thompson would wish to win a recreation for Mississippi State College in the future right through the 2019 season. 

On Friday, Thompson despatched a message that possibly that would possibly not be the case. 

Someday after Moorhead named graduate switch Tommy Stevens the staff’s beginning quarterback, Thompson entered his title into the NCAA’s switch portal. A Mississippi State spokesperson showed the file with the Clarion Ledger. 

Stevens and Thompson engaged in a quarterback pageant from the day Stevens introduced his resolution to switch to MSU in Would possibly. The combat sped up when preseason coaching camp started on Aug. 2. 

The contest was once shut in its early levels, however Stevens had a “important” edge when it got here to passing statistics via the top of it, Moorhead stated. Stevens did a greater process of producing explosive performs and restricting turnovers than Thompson did, Moorhead stated. 

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In six appearances final season, Keytaon Thompson threw for 458 yards and rushed for 226 extra, accounting for 10 touchdowns. (Picture: Vasha Hunt, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Thompson waited for 2 years in Nick Fitzgerald’s shadow in Starkville. Earlier than Stevens arrived, he was once slated to take the reins of the Bulldogs offense. If he had been to stick at MSU, he’d be at the back of some other quarterback at the intensity chart for the 1/3 directly season. 

Moorhead stated Thompson sought after badly to win the beginning process. 

“Like all competitor, particularly one on this convention taking part in at that place, I would not say he took it neatly as a result of that isn’t what I wish to infer,” Moorhead stated when requested how Thompson won the inside track that Stevens will be the starter.

“However he no doubt understood what the method was once and understood what the decision-making standards was once.”

Thompson has began two video games in his collegiate profession. He has finished 50-of-105 passing makes an attempt (47.6 %) with 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He has rushed 99 instances for 672 yards and 10 ratings. 

Moorhead has talked glowingly in regards to the two more youthful quarterbacks on his roster, true freshman Garrett Shrader and redshirt freshman Jalen Mayden. If Thompson does certainly leave, Shrader would slide into the backup position and Mayden can be third-string.

Shrader enrolled early and went via Outback Bowl practices and spring ball with the staff. Mayden seemed in 3 video games right through his redshirt season final 12 months. He had seven dashing makes an attempt for 32 yards and went 1-for-2 passing for 9 yards. 

Mississippi State opens its season on Aug. 31 towards Louisiana-Lafayette on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

Apply the Mississippi Clarion Ledger’s Tyler Horka on Twitter @tbhorka.


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