James Franklin Updates Penn State QB Battle

first_imgPenn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)For the past three seasons, Trace McSorley has been the leader for Penn State. The offense isn’t lacking talent next season on offense, but it won’t be easy replacing one of the more successful quarterbacks in program history.McSorley finished his collegiate career with 9,899 passing yards, 107 total touchdowns and only 25 interceptions. His value both on and off the field will certainly be missed at Penn State.The front-runner to become the starting quarterback is fifth-year senior Tommy Stevens. However, it turns out Penn State will need additional time to figure out this position battle.During last weekend’s spring game, the Nittany Lions saw a heavy dose of Sean Clifford under center. The former four-star recruit had an impressive performance, while Stevens sat out to avoid further injury to his lower leg.Head coach James Franklin spoke about the quarterback battle brewing in Happy Valley, which definitely saw an uptick in competition due to the emergence of Clifford.“We want to be able to name the starter as soon as we possibly can, but we are not ready to do that right now and it’s going to need to be more of a true competition,” Franklin said.Penn State’s quarterback competition between Tommy Stevens and Sean Clifford will linger into the summer. pic.twitter.com/Drc4RWMems— Penn State Football (@psufootball) April 16, 2019Franklin could potentially use the rest of this spring to determine the starter for the upcoming season.We’ll see if he chooses the upperclassmen in Stevens or the up-and-comer in Clifford.last_img

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