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Mississippi State’s Starting QB is Day-to-Day after Leaving Consecutive Games with a Shoulder Injury



We do not know who will be Mississippi State’s starting quarterback when the Bulldogs take the field to play the University of Kentucky this Saturday in Starkville.

Tommy Stevens defeated Keytaon Thompson in the preseason quarterback competition. Both are dealing with what Joe Moorhead calls “upper-body” injuries. Stevens, a Penn State grad transfer, has been pulled in the middle of the last two games after experiencing pain in his throwing shoulder.

“It was way better yesterday and today heading into tomorrow than it was at this point last week,” Moorhead said during his weekly Monday press conference.

Obviously, Moorhead would prefer to not juggle two quarterbacks. It does not matter to Mark Stoops. Kentucky’s preparation will be the same if Stevens or Garrett Shrader is the first to line up under center.

“There’s really not much difference in what they do and how they call plays, how they run the offense. There’s really not much difference at all. Both of them are very effective at running the Q run game that they like to do. Both of them are throwing the ball well. It’s set up off of their power run game,” Stoops said. “Not much has changed.”

Stevens completed 7-of-15 passes for 100 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before Shrader was forced into action against K-State. Playing in his second game, the true freshman completed only 4-of-12 passes for 51 yards, but he did run for 82 yards and a score. His longest run of the day nearly ended in disaster. Scrambling to keep the Bulldogs’ hopes alive, he leapt for the sticks on a fourth and 16. What resulted was absolutely incredible.

Somehow, Shrader transformed into a human helicopter and did not get hurt, but the Bulldogs still lost 31-24. Moorhead is lucky he at least has one option ready to roll if Stevens’ shoulder does not improve before Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT kickoff against Kentucky.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Mississippi State’s Starting QB is Day-to-Day after Leaving Consecutive Games with a Shoulder Injury

  1. UKFanSC
    5:02 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Just what we need…..another backup QB

    • mashburnfan1
      8:48 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Backup QB had little to do with it. He faced no pressure and had WIDE OPEN wr’s A decent HS QB would have made those completions. Our staff made him look good by going to the prevent a win defense. They let us die a slow death. I love our staff and am grateful for what they have done but they lost us this one. 4th and 1 you QB sneak it, WHY? Cause we got 3 yards on our previous 2 sneaks and one time they never did Smith to the ground. Simple, or at least should have been. On D a new QB comes in, great thing to do is pressure him, force him into quick decisions. No we let him eat lunch back there and throw to wr’s with no defenders within 5 yards of them. Prevent did work, it prevented our guys from an impressive win. That D gave up 10 points in three quarters and all 10 were on drives of 30 yards or less. Then the staff tells them to sit back, WHY? Pressure would have still won the game despite the normal Eddie Gran conservative with a lead offense.

    • Bluenblood
      6:28 pm September 18, 2019 Permalink

      Preach on brother these people on blinders are not getting it. Love to see a W this weekend. Quit being pu$$ies

  2. Slam242424
    5:09 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    We gonna win this one.

  3. brainesman
    6:26 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    I watched almost all of their entire game last week. Neither are good and as long as the Cats can pull together after last week, they should win comfortably.

  4. KYjellyRoll
    7:32 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    27-17 CatS

  5. dckr
    8:39 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Aren’t we all

  6. BluKudzu
    6:11 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Non cover two defense, combined with a conservative offense to control the clock, will keep any opposing team in the game.

    We had the team to beat Florida by double digits….except, we failed in a very humiliating loss, at home.

    Just how bad is our defense?

    They scored 38% more points than UK despite having fewer possesions, and much less clock to do it with, while using a back up at QB.

    However we are confident, remaining with this strategy, of a double digit victory, in the Starkville cowbell palace.

    Have some more Kool Aid.

    Go Cats.