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Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead talks to quarterback Tommy Stevens during last weekend’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette in New Orleans. Mississippi State won 38-28.

The Mississippi State weekly depth chart had somewhat of a surprise on it for this week.

Nestled in the bottom left corner of the offensive side of the spreadsheet, junior quarterback Keytaon Thompson’s name made a startling return to the list as the co-No. 2 signal caller alongside freshman Garrett Shrader.

“We talked and he had explored his options after entering the portal and decided it was in his best interest as a player and for us as a team for him to return, so K.T. sat in the team meeting (on Sunday) and went through practice,” Moorhead said.

The revelation of Thompson’s reinstatement is a rather surprising end to a saga that began when he entered the portal roughly 24 hours after Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens was named the starting quarterback Aug. 22.

Now back in the fold for 2019, it’s unclear what kind of role he will play. Thompson is still eligible for a redshirt season — which would leave him with two years of eligibility remaining after this year.

Moorhead said Monday that a plan is still being crafted for what the Bulldogs will do with him this year.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from New Orleans has played in 19 career games at State and is 2-0 as a starter. He has yet to redshirt in his career so that is also a possibility this season if he appears in four or fewer contests.

“First and foremost, we have to do what’s best for the team as it pertains to K.T.’s participation and redshirting or not redshirting,” Moorhead said.

“Secondarily, we have to do what’s best for the individual. If we’re able to make those work in concert and get them both accomplished at the same time, we will. But it’s all day-to-day and we’ll take each situation as it arises.”

Junior running back Kylin Hill is full-go this week after having his leg twisted up in a pile late in the Louisiana game. Moorhead said he practiced Sunday after being dinged a touch.

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