Joe Moorhead said Thursday that junior quarterback Keytaon Thompson would need to win a game for Mississippi State at some point during the 2019 season.
On Friday, Thompson sent a message that maybe that won't be the case.
One day after Moorhead named graduate transfer Tommy Stevens the team's starting quarterback, Thompson entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal. A Mississippi State spokesperson confirmed the report with the Clarion Ledger.
Stevens and Thompson engaged in a quarterback competition from the day the former announced his decision to transfer to MSU in May. The battle accelerated when preseason training camp began on Aug. 2.
The competition was close in its early stages, but Stevens had a "significant" edge when it came to passing statistics by the end of it, Moorhead said. Stevens did a better job of generating explosive plays and limiting turnovers than Thompson did, Moorhead said.