CBS Sports: Penn State Has the No. 3 Quarterback Room in the Country

By Matt de Bear on June 19, 2018 at 8:35 am
Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) warms up prior to the game against the Washington Huskies during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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You may have heard that Penn State boasts one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Trace McSorley has appeared at or near the top of virtually every list of the best signal callers in the game this offseason. However, the depth of the position goes well beyond the man who will hold every passing record in the Nittany Lions' rich history. CBS Sports' Barton Simmons ranked the top QB rooms in the nation, and slotted PSU at No. 3 in the nation.

Here's what Simmons had to say about the Lions:

QB coach: Ricky Rahne
Depth chart: Trace McSorley (Sr.), Tommy Stevens (Jr.), Sean Clifford (rFr.), Will Levis (Fr.)

McSorley is a Heisman Trophy candidate and Stevens is as good as any backup in college football. Penn State is air tight for the next two seasons, but after Stevens, someone will need to step up and it's likely Levis or 2019 commit Ta'Quon Roberson.

Penn State fans are certainly familiar with Stevens, who made waves of his own earlier this year when he announced he would forego a transfer and remain with the program. McSorley is clearly the guy for 2018, but Stevens figures to make an impact of his own this year as a jack of all trades for Ricky Rahne's offense before he inherits the starting role himself in 2019.

Clifford is a former four-star prospect out of Cincinnati St. Xavier High School, one of the powerhouse programs in the Buckeye State. He quickly assumed the third string role a year ago, supplanting Jake Zembiec. Plenty can change in two years time, but as things currently stand, but he figures to be the favorite in 2020.

Will Levis arrived on campus in May, and certainly looks the part. Don't let the typical pocket passer size fool you either, the big man is a solid athlete all around. Four-star 2019 prospect Taquan Roberson has steadily climbed the recruiting rankings, and was one of the first quarterbacks offered by Penn State in the 2019 class. 

The room could potentially grow by one more body in 2019, with the staff open to adding a second quarterback in the recruiting class if the right player becomes available.

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