While a defeat in last year’s Outback Bowl was not how Mississippi State Head Coach Joe Moorhead envisioned his first season ending, it’d be a lie to say that the year was not a success.
Mississippi State opens their season on Saturday in the Big Easy in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns.
The Bulldogs are looking to improve on their 8-5 record from a year ago, but critics aren’t buying it. In a SEC media poll, State is being projected to finish fifth in the SEC West.
However, that poll was made before graduate transfer quarterback Tommy Stevens was named starter.
Coach Moorhead liked what he saw out of Stevens this past offseason and feels confident in having the Penn State transfer lead the team. “Early on in Tommy’s career, in kind of 16 and maybe not so much in 17, he’s so incredibly athletic and gifted physically as a runner, as a thrower, he would kind of fall back on those things and maybe not be as precise in the details of it. What I’ve seen throughout camp and heading into practice week is a maturation and an understanding of the details.”
Mississippi State kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN-U.