James Franklin says Tommy Stevens will start atop QB depth chart entering 2019
Two years ago, Penn State lost quite a number of talented players to the NFL.
Saquon Barkley is the one who stood out, but numerous other players made their way to the highest level as well. This offseason, the Nittany Lions will of course lose other players to the NFL. Most notably affecting Penn State will probably be QB Trace McSorley.
McSorley has been a juggernaut, warrior, leader, winner — whatever you want to call him for Penn State. He’s been great, to say the least. Who will replace the do-it-all signal caller in 2019?
During James Franklin’s press conference on Wednesday, he laid out the QB depth chart quite nicely:
“Obviously we’re not in a situation to name a starter really at any position,” Franklin said on Wednesday when addressing the media on signing day, according to Lions 247. “But, yeah, when we start out, you know, you’ve got to put them in order. So Tommy will be No. 1 and [Sean Clifford] will be No. 2 and [Will Levis] will be No. 3 and so forth down the line.”
Well, there you have it. There will be no questions as to who will be the player leading the QB position at least going into spring ball. From that point on, going into the fall, however, questions will arise.
That’s only natural in Penn State’s case transitioning from one of the program’s most influential QBs of all time.
For now, though, we know that Tommy Stevens is the guy. Stevens played his third season at Penn State in 2018 and through his time as a Nittany Lion, he has completed 24-of-41 passes for 304 yards and 4 TD to go along with 1 INT.
Stevens’ time as a backup may quickly be coming to an end. How will he do as a starter?
We may finally get to see in 2019.