Reigning SEC champion Alabama is a tough act to follow on Day Three of SEC Media Days, but Mississippi State has plenty of talking points of its own heading into 2019, chiefly among them is the graduate transfer craze.
The Bulldogs were the third of four teams to face the media on Wednesday with second year Head Coach Joe Moorhead taking a lot of questions on some of the new faces in Starkville.
In addition to former Louisville defensive tackle Allen Love, a redshirt freshman, MSU has a new trio of graduate transfers looking to carve out some serious playing time for the year ahead: former Kansas State wide receiver Isaiah Zuber, former South Alabama punter Corliss Waitman, and the potential successor to Nick Fitzgerald hailing from Coach Moorhead’s old stomping grounds, former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens.
That makes five quarterbacks on the roster. “Like Tommy, Isaiah at receiver, like Corliss Waitman at punter, when you have an opportunity to bring in a player that’s going to make the position, the side of the ball, and the team better. We explore all those opportunities, with what we need to do offensively and balance out our attack and continue to run the game well but improve the efficiency and explosiveness of our pass game, we felt that Tommy could help us there. All the quarterbacks were communicated to, once it was a realistic possibility. They understand this is the SEC and we’re not the only school in the country that’s bringing in a graduate transfer quarterback. We’re going to let the guys compete and the chips will fall where they may.”
The Bulldogs kick off their season in New Orleans as they take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns from the Mercedes Benz Superdome.