Mississippi State QB Keytaon Thompson makes second trip to NCAA transfer portal


Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson has reportedly entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal, suggesting he could be closer to moving out of Starkville this offseason. Matt Zenitz of Al.com reported the news of the transfer portal addition, via Twitter.

Thompson will be a graduate transfer in 2020, assuming he ends up moving on from Mississippi State. That will give Thompson immediate eligibility with one final year to play during the 2020 season.

Thompson appeared in just one game during the 2019 season. Rather than throw a pass, Thompson actually was on the receiving end of a pass for a gain of eight yards. Thompson passed for 458 yards and six touchdowns (to just one interception) in nine games in 2018, and 388 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. Thompson has also been a threat to run with 446 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 and 226 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

This is not Thompson’s first step into the transfer portal. Last September, Thompson pulled his name out of the transfer portal to remain with the Bulldogs. Thompson had entered his name in the transfer portal after being named the backup quarterback to transfer quarterback Tommy Stevens by former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead. Since then, Mississippi State has changed coaches by firing Moorhead and hiring Mike Leach, and Leach has snagged a commitment from former Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello as a graduate transfer. It is expected Costello will be the leading candidate to be the starter for Mississippi State.