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Arkansas, Mississippi State turn to transfers to fill QB void

HOOVER, Ala. — Two Southeastern Conference Western Division programs hope transfer quarterbacks can give them a boost in the standings.

Mississippi State brought in Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens to compete for the starting job with Keytaon Thompson. Arkansas added two graduate transfers — SMU's Ben Hicks and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel — who will battle to lead the program's offense.

Both schools expect the competition to be settled during preseason camp.

"The sooner, the better because I want our team to rally around that guy," Arkansas coach Chad Morris said on Wednesday at SEC media days.