Joe Moorhead won't rule out the idea of one of his quarterbacks playing different position this season
If Mississippi State could solve its question marks at quarterback and receiver, the Bulldogs could have a dynamic offense this fall.
Interestingly enough, both answers could potentially be solved in the team’s quarterback room.
After Tommy Stevens failed to win the quarterback competition against Trace McSorely at Penn State, the signal-caller shifted to roles all over the field to help his offense. In fact, during his three years on the field at Penn State, Stevens racked up 506 rushing yards and touchdowns, along with 62 receiving yards and another two scores.
While Keytaon Thompson hasn’t been asked to do much of that during his time in Starkville, the player that loses the training camp quarterback competition may be asked to help the team in other ways, while also serving as the team’s primary backup.
“We have not discussed that, we are focusing on what they can do to win the job — assuming one of the two is going to win it,” Moorhead said Wednesday regarding his willingness to play his quarterbacks at different positions. “When that happens, our job is to identify whoever our playmakers are and put them in a position to be successful. So, if the guy that doesn’t win it is a guy that can play a running back position or a Kordell Stewart – Steelers reference – ‘Slash’ kind of role, and do some things like we did with Tommy at Penn State, did a tiny bit with KT last year, then we will do that.”
That was an interesting answer by Moorhead, who could have shut the door on that narrative. For the time being, however, he’s keeping his options open as the camp battle under center rages on in Starkville.
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