Mississippi State football

Quarterback Keytaon Thompson (10) prepares to take a snap during last season’s opener against Stephen F. Austin.

It’s been several years since there was a quarterback competition at Mississippi State.

You have to go back to September of 2016 to find a moment when there was any uncertainty as to who would be calling the shots for the Bulldogs. Nick Fitzgerald of course ultimately won the job back then and became the successor to Dak Prescott. Heading into training camp this August, it’s now time to find who’ll fill Fitzgerald’s shoes.

The race will be wide open, but there are two clear frontrunners.

First, there’s junior Keytaon Thompson, who exited this spring as the man most likely to be MSU’s 2019 signal caller, then there’s graduate transfer Tommy Stevens, who is the former Penn State quarterback who the Bulldogs brought onboard in May.

Thompson and Stevens will each spend the month of August seeking to separate themselves and become the man to lead the Mississippi State offense. Redshirt freshman Jaylen Mayden and true freshman Garrett Shrader will compete too, but MSU’s starter for the August 31st opener against Louisiana in New Orleans will almost assuredly be Thompson or Stevens.

For more on the MSU quarterbacks and future positions, see The Starkville Daily News.

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