QB1 for Mississippi State is officially out.
Tommy Stevens was not dressed in full gear when he walked onto the field at Davis Wade Stadium. The Penn State grad transfer injured his throwing shoulder two weeks ago against Southern Miss, limited to only one half of action in last week’s loss to Kansas State.
Without Stevens, Joe Moorhead will turn to true freshman Garret Shrader. In his first two games he’s completed only 47 percent of his passes for 122 yards. The dual-threat quarterback has been more effective on the ground. He’s scored a touchdown and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry in 19 attempts.
Shrader’s most deadly weapon is this beautiful neck beard.
If Kentucky’s front four can pressure Shrader and force him to throw from the pocket, it could be a long afternoon for the Dogs in Starkville.
Stevens is not the only player sidelined. The Bulldogs will also be without their second-best wide receiver, Steven Guidry. While they lose two, they’re adding two on defense.
Defensive tackle Lee Autry and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. are just a few of the players who have been suspended seven games for improper use of an academic tutor. They can serve those suspensions at Joe Moorhead’s discretion. That means State’s ball coach believes this is one of the most important games of the season. Coaches desperate for a win will do whatever it takes; keep that in mind throughout this afternoon’s action.