Mississippi State football

Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson throws a pass during the team's spring game.

There was a quote from ESPN commentator and former National Football League quarterback Todd Blackledge in last season’s Mississippi State football media guide.

In it, Blackledge called MSU head coach Joe Moorhead “one of the best offensive minds in all of college football.”

It was a common refrain last year from those who knew about Moorhead, and for good reason. The former Penn State offensive coordinator was responsible for turning the Nittany Lions offense into a juggernaut during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Yet in Moorhead’s first season as head coach of the Bulldogs, Moorhead’s high-octane offense – one predicated typically by explosive plays in the passing game – hit speed bump after speed bump.

“Having been able to pass the ball very successfully essentially everywhere I’ve been, I was pretty optimistic of the strides we were going to take in year one and the transition on offense,” Moorhead said last week. “I’ve said it before and it probably bears repeating, I thought we could go from A to Z and we only went from A to M.”

For more on how Moorhead plans to get the Bulldogs going, see Wednesday's Starkville Daily News.

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