One of the biggest questions looming over the Penn State football program during the spring was where Tommy Stevens would transfer. To many, it wasn't a question of whether he would, but rather, everyone seemed to be waiting for Stevens to announce that he would pursue playing time that did not exist at Penn State elsewhere.
But on Wednesday evening during Penn State's practice, James Franklin announced that Stevens will stay with the Nittany Lions for the 2018 campaign.
Big news.— Andrew Callahan (@ACallahan_247) March 28, 2018
James Franklin announces QB Tommy Stevens will remain at #PennState for the 2018 season.
Shortly after Franklin announced the news, Stevens met with the media and briefly explained why he was going to stay. He also added that he did indeed look into transferring before deciding the best place for him was Penn State.
QB Tommy Stevens announces he will remain with the Penn State football program after exploring potential transfer options. pic.twitter.com/FJzYULbvrs— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) March 28, 2018
Stevens went in depth on his decision to stay with Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, who also mentioned that the talented quarterback spoke with other coaches but did not take any visits.
“I don’t think it was a very hard decision at all,” Stevens told SI. “I wanted to look and see if there was a better opportunity for me out there. Ultimately, this is still a fantastic place. I love it here. I have a lot of good friends with great relationships. This is the best place for me.
“I think this is the perfect offense for me. I’m excited to continue to learn and try to get better each day, push Trace, and ultimately give our team the best chance we can at being successful.”
It goes without saying, but Stevens choosing to stay at Penn State is as important to the program as it is shocking. Currently a redshirt sophomore, Stevens has two years of eligibility left and is the assumed starting signal caller in 2019 after Trace McSorley graduates. Keeping him around — in the myriad of roles he currently has for 2018 as the "Lion" and backup quarterback and as the presumed starter in 2019 — is as outstanding news.