August 23, 2019 3:45:08 PM
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson has entered the transfer portal, per a source.
Thompson lost the preseason quarterback competition with Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens -- who was announced as the No. 1 signal caller Thursday.
The New Orleans native has completed 50-of-105 passes for 846 yards and eight touchdowns in his MSU career. Thompson also notched another 672 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
MSU coach Joe Moorhead met with him following the staff's decision to name Stevens the starter and said the conversation was one of mutual understanding.
"He certainly understood what the process was and what the decision making criteria was," Moorhead said."He wants to be the starter like anybody else on the team but also understands we have a job to do and a decision to make, what we base it off of and he respected that."
Thompson was not in attendance during MSU's Fan Day Saturday afternoon, while fellow quarterbacks Stevens, junior walk-on Logan Burnett and freshmen Jalen Mayden and Garrett Shrader were there signing autographs.
Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.
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