Heading into Mississippi State’s 2019 football season, there was plenty of excitement surrounding the reunion of Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens with Bulldogs then-head coach Joe Moorhead, his former Penn State offensive coordinator. Things didn’t go as planned during an up-and-down season and postseason.

A 6-7 record capped with a Music City Bowl loss to Louisville and the subsequent firing of the head coach certainly wasn’t how Stevens expected his college football career to end. Despite that, Stevens shows no bitterness toward MSU. In a recent Q&A with The Spun, Stevens was asked what he thought about Moorhead’s dismissal and the hiring of Mike Leach. While Stevens is obviously close to Moorhead, he said he’s excited for the Leach era in Starkville.

The Spun: How do you feel about the Bulldogs moving on from Coach Moorhead and hiring Mike Leach?

Stevens: Honestly, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Coach Leach. I hope he’s able to bring his staff in and recreate something good for Mississippi State. Do I agree with the school’s decision to get rid of Coach Moorhead? I don’t, but obviously the university did what it thought was the best. Coach Moorhead now has a nice role ahead of himself at Oregon, and Coach Leach has great plans for Mississippi State. I’m excited for both parties.

Some Bulldogs fans will likely continue to follow Stevens on the New Orleans Saints. Many are curious to see how Sean Payton uses the former MSU quarterback.