Tommy Stevens is headed to Starkville. The grad transfer quarterback will reunite with his former offensive coordinator, Joe Moorehead, and will finish his collegiate career with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Stevens made the announcement Friday on Twitter.
Hail State! pic.twitter.com/5sftwixC57— Tommy Stevens (@TMS_II) May 17, 2019
Stevens sent shockwaves through the Penn State football community earlier this month when he announced his intention to transfer for his final season. He was looked at as the starter at the end of the 2018 season, but a foot injury kept him sidelined throughout the spring, allowing Sean Clifford to close the gap and make the quarterback competition a bit too close for comfort.
Joe Moorhead is very familiar with Stevens, serving as his offensive coordinator during the quarterback's redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons. Moorhead was so high on Stevens, that he basically created an entirely new position just to get him on the field more often. Stevens' most productive season under Moorehead came in 2017, when he ran for 190 yards and four touchdowns, caught twelve passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns.
The transfer makes a ton of sense for both sides, as Mississippi State is looking to replace record-setting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Stevens will have to beat out rising junior Keytaon Thompson, who was a bit underwhelming in relief of Fitzgerald last season. It's fair to say Stevens likes his odds to start in Starkville, as the non-guarantee was seemingly what pushed him away from Penn State.
Best of luck to both Tommy and Coach Tuddies this season! Here's hoping we see a lot of more this down South.