Penn State is on a mission this spring. After last year’s less-than-impressive 4-5 season, the Nittany Lions have their minds set on climbing back to the top of the B1G.

Sean Clifford is leading the charge.

Monday, wide receiver Jahan Dotson spoke with the media as Penn State continues to work through spring practice. The top target in the team’s passing attack in 2020 had nothing but positive reviews about Clifford and his leadership qualities over the past few weeks during spring ball.


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“We see him setting the standard of being there early and working late,” Dotson said, per Audrey Snyder of The Athletic. “He’s been a tremendous leader throughout spring ball.”

Clifford threw for 1,883 yards with 16 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last season, struggling at times early in the year. A combination of losing spring practice and implementing a new offense with Kirk Ciarrocca seemed to cause issues at points during the season.

James Franklin cut ties with Ciarrocca at the end of the year and welcomed in Mike Yurcich to run the offense. And, with a full spring to prepare for the upcoming season, there’s more hope that Clifford can look more like he did in 2019, when he ha 2,654 yards through the air with 23 touchdowns and only 6 picks.

There’s very little concern about Dotson’s game. The receiver totaled 884 yards and 8 touchdowns on 52 catches last season. He showed the ability to be one of the top receivers in the B1G, even in an offense that sputtered at times.