Mississippi State still isn’t sure whether or not it’ll have its starting quarterback available for this Saturday’s game.
MSU head coach Joe Moorhead met with the media for his weekly press conference on Monday and said his signal caller Tommy Stevens is considered day-to-day heading into this weekend’s matchup against Kansas State.
Stevens left last Saturday’s game against against Southern Mississippi with an apparent arm/shoulder injury,
“(Stevens) came through (Sunday) and got treatment,” Moorhead said. “He’s going to get some more (Monday).
“We’re going to see where it goes with Tommy and how he progresses during the week. I don’t want to rule him out completely. We’ll see how it goes.”
Stevens was hurt late in the second quarter against the Golden Eagles. After a blistering hot start in which Stevens completed his first nine passes in helping MSU get off to a 14-0 lead, Stevens was sacked with a little under 6 minutes left until halftime and he fell on his right shoulder. He remained in the game for one more play afterwards, but true freshman Garrett Shrader took over MSU’s quarterbacking duties for the rest of the day beginning with State’s next offensive series.
Shrader impressed in his first-ever collegiate appearance. He completed seven of his 11 passes for 71 yards in relief of Stevens.
If Stevens can’t go this weekend, there’s at least a chance Shrader could make his first collegiate start. However Moorhead stopped short of committing to that and insisted Mississippi State will go through this week with the plan to make sure all Bulldog quarterbacks are geared up to play.
“We’re going to get all three (of our top quarterbacks) ready – Tommy, Garrett and (Keytaon Thompson),” Moorhead said. “Heck, we’re going to get Jaylen (Mayden) going too. We’ll see where it goes.”
For more notes from Moorhead's Monday press conference, see Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.