Tommy Stevens is headed to Mississippi State.
Stevens, a fifth-year senior quarterback, announced last month he was leaving Penn State as a graduate transfer.
He will be joining Joe Moorhead, his offensive coordinator at Penn State in 2016 and ‘17, now the Bulldogs’ head coach.
“I am forever thankful for my time (at Penn State) and I will forever be a Nittany Lion,’’ Stevens wrote in a message on Twitter Friday.
Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
“I have decided for my fifth and final year of eligibility I will be joining Coach Moorhead and his staff at Mississippi State University. ... A place that will give me the opportunity to compete at the highest level and also a place where I can expand my education even further. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Bulldog!”
Stevens arrived at Penn State from Decatur North High School in Indianapolis in 2015. He backed up Trace McSorley the past three seasons, while occasionally contributing as a ball carrier and receiver.
He was seen by many as the presumptive starter in 2019, even though he did not fully participate in spring practice due to a lower body injury that has nagged him at least since the spring of 2017, and for which he had surgery last December.
Penn State coach James Franklin didn’t come close to naming a starter at the close of spring ball.
"Tommy’s situation – we were put in a tough spot because he had an injury that made it difficult," Franklin said. "We want to be able to name the starter as soon as we possibly can, but we are not ready to do that right now and it’s going to need to be more of a true competition."
Redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford, who was impressive in very limited duty last year, is now apparently the guy in Happy Valley.
Stevens said he visited Miami (Ohio), Kentucky and Illinois, in addition to Mississippi State.
Hail State! 🐶 pic.twitter.com/5sftwixC57— Tommy Stevens (@TMS_II) May 17, 2019
As MSU, Nick Fitzgerald, a three-year starter at QB, has moved on to the NFL. Stevens will evidently battle junior Keytaon Thompson for the job there, although two freshmen are expected to compete.
“We look forward to Tommy joining our team and completing his final year of eligibility as a Mississippi State Bulldog,” Moorhead said Friday.
“Tommy is very talented and will be an excellent addition to our roster. He will have the opportunity to compete at quarterback this season."