Some coaches like to name a starting quarterback as soon as fall camp begins. Others like to wait a few weeks and see how everything pans out.
Put James Franklin in the latter category.
Franklin met with reporters on Saturday for Penn State’s media day as it head into fall camp. One of the biggest question marks for the Nittany Lions this season is at the quarterback positon, with Trace McSorley gone and Tommy Stevens transferring to Mississippi State.
Sean Clifford appears to be the favorite to win the job, but Will Levis will challenge to be the No. 1 guy come Aug. 31. Right now, though, Franklin isn’t really interested in annointing anyone just yet.
“We’ll do it when it’s obvious,” Franklin said, according to Audrey Snyder of The Athletic. “I don’t know the timeline on that. Obviously, the earlier the better for everyone involved.”
Clifford is the only one of the two with live game experience, but it’s minimal. Last year, Clifford appeared in four games and threw seven passes, completing five for 195 yards and two touchdowns. At one time last year, he was 5-of-5 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
His two passes in the Citrus Bowl against Kentucky were incompletions.
Because Franklin has yet to name a starting quarterback, the head coach sees a lot of confidence from both guys. He likes how Clifford and Levis are handling the situation.
“Both are approaching it as if they’re the starter,” Franklin said.
Penn State will kick off the 2019 season at home against Idaho on Saturday, Aug. 31.