Penn State could have used a better backup quarterback this weekend in its loss to Iowa.

Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, their backup QB from last season — Will Levis — transferred to Kentucky in the offseason. And he’s thriving.

Levis was named the Walter Campbell Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday morning for his performance vs. LSU in Week 6.

That performance comes on the same week that Penn State dropped a game to Iowa after starter Sean Clifford went out with an injury. Backup QB Ta’Quan Roberson was 7-for-21 for 34 yards with 2 interceptions in his place, and Penn State lost 23-20.

Levis transferred from Penn State last offseason. He earned some playing time while Clifford struggled last season, but didn’t take advantage enough to win the job outright. Levis completed 33-of-55 passes for 420 yards and 1 touchdown for the Nittany Lions last season.

On Saturday in Kentucky 42-21 win over LSU, Levis was excellent. He completed 14-of-17 passes for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 11 times for 75 yards and 2 more scores.

His day included this impressive run through the middle of LSU’s defense:

Penn State’s lack of quarterback depth could be a major problem going forward, depending on the severity of Clifford’s injury. Meanwhile, Levis and the Wildcats are 6-0 and will take on undefeated Georgia next weekend.

Penn State is idle next week and hosts Illinois in Week 8.