Geaux247’s preseason college football preview moves into its sixth week where we continue to preview LSU’s 11 FBS opponents in 2019 leading up to the start of fall camp.
We kicked the series off with a look at Georgia Southern and moved on to the Texas Longhorns before hitting Vanderbilt, Utah State then Florida.
We looked at what Mississippi State returns from last year’s 8-5 club and today we look at potential first-year starting quarterback Keytaon Thompson.
With Nick Fitzgerald’s time in Starkville completed, Thompson could take over the Bulldog offense behind center if he can beat out Penn State grad transfer Tommy Stevens and co.
Entering his junior season with 19 games and two starts under his belt, Thompson has shown some playmaking ability as a dual threat. However, his youth has also shown with inconsistent play.
A native of Louisiana, Thompson started the season opener in 2018 when Fitzgerald served a suspension. He threw for 364 yards and a school-record five touchdowns with 109 yards and two scores on the ground in a 63-6 win against FCS foe Stephen F. Austin.
However, Thompson completed just 13-of-31 passes on that day and attempted just eight the rest of the year. He enters his junior season completing just under 48 percent of his career throws.
The accuracy questions go back to Thompson's high school days at Landry-Walker in New Orleans. He struggled early in his career but improved as a senior where he hit just under 60 percent of his passes and fell just short of the 4,000-yard mark with 3,924 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Mississippi State will have six games under its belt by the time it gets LSU, so Thompson will have plenty of time to hit his stride by the time the Tigers come calling.
Dave Aranda’s defense has had success defending dual threats in his time in Baton Rouge and the video above is a glimpse of what the Tigers will see from the Bulldogs' quarterback in that Oct. 19 matchup in Starkville.