Former Mississippi State QB Keytaon Thompson announces transfer destination
Keytaon Thompson never got much of an opportunity to show what he could do in recent seasons at Mississippi State but the former Bulldog signal-caller will have that opportunity the next two seasons at Virginia.
That’s because Thompson announced on Friday that he has transferred to Virginia less than two weeks after jumping into the NCAA transfer portal. Thompson is a graduate transfer, which makes him eligible immediately in 2020 with two years of football left to play.
Last season, Thompson appeared in just one game for the Bulldogs, which came against Ole Miss as a receiver.
Thompson’s first meaningful appearance on the field came during the 2017 Egg Bowl when he replaced an injured Nick Fitzgerald and nearly led the Bulldogs back from a big deficit in the game. He followed up that performance by leading Mississippi State to a win in the TaxSlayer Bowl over a Lamar Jackson-led Louisville team despite the fact Dan Mullen had already left the program for Florida prior to the bowl game.
By the end of his Mississippi State career, Thompson completed 50 of 105 attempts for 846 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 672 yards and another 10 touchdowns.
While his Mississippi State career did not pan out, he’ll have an opportunity to replace departed starting quarterback Bryce Perkins at Virginia in 2020.