STARKVILLE, Miss. — The QB1 battle in Stakville has come to an end, as head football coach Joe Moorhead announced Thursday afternoon that Tommy Stevens has been named the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback for the 2019 season.
Stevens, a graduate transfer from Penn State, will be entering his first season as a starting quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder spent the past four seasons as Penn State’s backup. Stevens backed up Trace McSorley, but was also used as a receiver and runner. Over the last three seasons, Stevens rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns on 76 carries while catching 14 passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He was also 24-for-41 passing over the last three years for 304 yards and four touchdowns.
Stevens was rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout.com. He played his high school ball at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis. Stevens was a finalist for Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year and a two-time all-conference, all-area and all-county selection. He was also honored as a 2014 All-State 5A selection as a defensive back after making 25 tackles and hauling in two interceptions. He averaged 172 passing yards and completed 60% of his attempts, while throwing 16 touchdown passes as a senior. He also rushed for 842 yards on 172 carries.
The Bulldogs open up the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Louisiana at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.