Criticism about the Mississippi State offense is mounting inside the Bulldogs’ fan base, and many fans are becoming increasingly impatient with coach Joe Moorhead.

Calls for a change at quarterback from Nick Fitzgerald to Keytaon Thompson have become louder and more often in recent days following MSU’s loss at LSU when Fitzgerald was 8-for-24 passing for 59 yards and four interceptions. Moorhead said the common theme in recent picks by Fitzgerald has been that the throws were late.

Moorhead said at his Monday press conference that the coaches have thought about giving Thompson the chance to start a drive in both the first and second halves, and if he gives the team a spark, they might go in that direction. Moorhead then added that they absolutely must find a way to generate more explosive plays while protecting the football.

The main decision to stick with Fitzgerald so far, according to the coach, is that he plays better in practice.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday when they play host to Texas A&M at 6 p.m. local time on ESPN.