Mississippi State will be without starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald for the rest of the Egg Bowl after he suffered a gruesome leg injury in the first quarter. Replacing him is true freshman Keytaon Thompson.
Thompson was highly recruited out of high school, where he attended Landry Walker in New Orleans. He was the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016, and was a finalist for the national award.
As a senior at Landry-Walker, he amassed 5,259 yards of total offense and 72 total touchdowns.
A 4-star prospect, he was the No. 5 rated dual threat quarterback in the class of 2017 per 247 Sports and chose the Bulldogs over offers from LSU, Florida, Miami, Louisville and several other big-time programs.
He’s played in parts of seven games this season. He has one touchdown pass and 66 yards on 8-of-19 passing. He’s been a more effective runner, gaining 177 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
At the end of the first quarter against Ole Miss, Thompson had completed his only pass for seven yards and had 29 rushing yards on just three carries. The Bulldogs trail 7-0.