Penn State backup quarterback Tommy Stevens will miss the Citrus Bowl after undergoing an unspecified surgery.

According to head coach James Franklin, Stevens sustained an injury around the midway point of the season. Not many outside the Penn State locker room were aware of that injury.

“Tommy had an injury about the midpoint of the season that you guys weren’t aware of,” Franklin said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We had a lot of discussions about when was the right time to have the surgery.

“Tommy’s family and the staff decided the best time to have the surgery would be after his academics were finished up through the season.”

Franklin is optimistic that Stevens will be ready for spring football.

Stevens appeared in eight games for the Nittany Lions, accounting for 230 total yards of offense (110 passing, 118 rushing, 2 receiving) and three total touchdowns.

Franklin said no other players are expected to miss the Citrus Bowl due to injury or academics.