That did not take long. Just over 24 hours after reports surfaced that Tommy Stevens had entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, his father has confirmed to the John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times that he will indeed depart Penn State.
Breaking: Tommy Stevens is leaving Penn State— John McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) April 18, 2019
After entering the portal on Wednesday, the quarterback will transfer to a new program to play out his final year of eligibilityhttps://t.co/nGkoNJqWx9
Stevens spent this spring recovering from foot surgery in December, an injury that severely limited him during the 2018 season. While it was never confirmed to be the same injury, he dealt with foot injuries all of the way back to last spring.
Redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford appears to have taken advantage of the opening and extra reps to close the gap on the fifth year senior, leaving James Franklin to say that while they wanted to name a starter as soon as possible, the competition would go into the summer and presumably fall. Before the start of spring practice, Franklin had put Stevens atop the quarterback depth chart.
Audrey Snyder from The Athletic also spoke with Stevens' father:
QB Tommy Stevens is in the transfer portal and he will not be staying at #PennState.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) April 18, 2019
"We dont feel like the job was given to anybody," Stevens' father told The Athletic. "We couldnt wait for that process to go on until August when this is Tommys last shot."
With Stevens' departure, Sean Clifford is the presumptive starter, with redshirt freshman Will Levis serving as the backup. True freshmen Michael Johnson Jr. and Ta'Quan Roberson will fill the third string roles. Both arrived on campus in January and went through spring practice.
There is no word on where Stevens will look to play his final season, although he has recently followed staff members from Mississippi State, Illinois, and Louisville, among others.