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MSU quarterback transfers to Virginia



Keytaon Thompson (Photo courtesy MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State University quarterback Keytaon Thompson has committed to the University of Virginia.

The 6-foot-4, 225 pound athlete will be immediately eligible to play next season because he is joining UVA as a graduate transfer. Thompson has two years of eligibility left to play college football.

Thompson, who redshirted at Mississippi State last season, graduated in three years and was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The New Orleans native was 2-0 as a starter with the Bulldogs and appeared in 20 games with Mississippi State.

His first career start came against Louisville in the Tax Slayer Bowl as a true freshman. Thompson passed for 127 yards but rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries

During his time at MSU, Thompson rushed for 10 touchdowns while throwing for 8.

In high school, Thompson was Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. He finished his high school senior year  with 3,825 passing yards, 46 passing touchdowns, 1,434 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns.

Virginia is replacing standout quarterback Bryce Perkins, a second-team All-ACC selection who set team records for both passing yards and total offense in 2019. Thompson likely will compete with Brennan Armstrong, who backed up Perkins in 2019, for the Cavaliers’ starting spot.

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