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Practice Report: How is Mississippi State Preparing on Offense Without Nick Fitzgerald?

Nick Fitzgerald will not be on the field for Mississippi State Saturday night, but that isn’t expected to slow down the Bulldog offense. Bulldog offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said he expects sophomore Keytaon Thompson to have full command of the playbook when he takes the field against Stephen F. Austin.

Thompson echoed those statements, stating that his approach had not changed since being named starter on Friday. Thompson said his experience as the starter in the TaxSlayer Bowl has gone a long way in preparing him for the opener.

Looking back at Penn State’s numbers from a season ago, four different players caught 50 or more passes, including tight end Mike Geskiki and running back Saquon Barkley. I asked Bulldog tight end Farrod Green if he expects to play that big a part in the Bulldog offense this season.

This entire offseason has had so much focus on the offense, so it will be interesting to see what the Bulldogs dial up in Moorhead’s debut Saturday night in Davis Wade Stadium. All indications are that nothing will change with Thompson under center, so expect to see the vertical passing game and variety of formations that have been the hallmark of the Moorhead offense. Mississippi State returns to the practice field tomorrow as the minutes to kickoff continue to tick away.

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