Mississippi State football

Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader walks off the field after a 20-10 loss to Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It might be time for all opponents to fear the beard at Mississippi State.

Following MSU’s 20-10 loss at Tennessee on Saturday, it certainly sounded like quarterback Garrett Shrader – along with his notable facial hair – might be on the cusp of being chosen the full-time starter with the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead was directly asked postgame if Shrader might be now making his case to be the starter going forward and Moorhead opened his response with two telling words.

“He is,” Moorhead said.

Shrader has time and time again proven to be a spark plug for Mississippi State this year, either in relief of starter Tommy Stevens or filling in as starter while Stevens was out with injury. The true freshman again came through and gave the Bulldogs a chance to win on Saturday.

For more notes from Saturday's Mississippi State football game at Tennessee, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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