With Tommy Stevens' status up in the air, Joe Moorhead shares latest update on Mississippi State QB situation
Everyone has most likely now seen the video of Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader leaping into the air and then getting hit into a helicopter motion as he tried to gain a first down in the loss to Kansas State on Saturday. Luckily for Shrader, he was fine after landing hard on the ground, but that isn’t the case for other Bulldogs’ signal-callers.
At his weekly press conference on Monday, coach Joe Moorhead announced that Tommy Stevens, who left the game against the Wildcats with an injury, is improving but that his status for Saturday against Kentucky is still undetermined.
“It was way better yesterday and today and will be tomorrow then it was at this point last week,” Moorhead said of Stevens’ pain level.
Stevens played well in the first half on Saturday, completing 7-of-13 passes, but, as Moorhead explains, the halftime break was when the quarterback’s shoulder, which he injured against Southern Miss, started to get a bit worn down.
“It just got a little bit weak on him at halftime,” Moorhead said. “He wanted to try it out and we wanted to see how it went and it just got to a point where we didn’t want to leave him in the game when he wasn’t able to perform at 100 percent.”
Shrader, who completed just 4-of-12 passes for 51 yards while rushing for 88 in relief, will be under center if Stevens can’t go.
Keytaon Thompson, who battled with Stevens in fall camp for the starting spot, is still dealing with an injury, per Moorhead, and will not be able to play against the Wildcats.