Mississippi State tabs QB Stevens as starter

Field Level Media

August 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm.

Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens was named as the team’s starter for next week’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, the school announced Thursday.

Stevens joined the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer from Penn State this offseason, a move that reunited him with coach Joe Moorhead. The latter served as Stevens’ offensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions in 2016-17.

The 6-foot-5 Stevens, who graduated from Penn State in December, bested junior Keytaon Thompson for the starting job.

Stevens appeared in 23 games over three seasons with Penn State but had limited opportunities, completing 24 of 41 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 506 yards and eight scores and had 14 receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

Thompson threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 226 yards and four scores in 2018 while serving as the primary backup to three-year starter Nick Fitzgerald.