After a three week training camp battle, the Nittany Lions have their starting quarterback. Penn State announced Friday evening on Twitter that redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford has won the starting job, beating out redshirt freshman Will Levis, among others.
The Cincinnati native has been a heavy favorite to earn the job ever since Tommy Stevens announced his intention to transfer earlier this year. Clifford has one more year in the program than Levis, plus the advantage of seeing game action, albeit limited, in 2018.
That action, however, was quite impressive. Clifford's first collegiate throw went for 34 yards and six points versus Pitt last season. He followed that up with a program record 95-yard touchdown pass to Daniel George against Kent State the following week. All told, Clifford finished 5-for-7 with 195 yards and those two scores, and did not throw an incompletion until a De'Andre Thompkins drop in the Citrus Bowl loss to Kentucky.
Penn State's early schedule sets up nicely for the first time starter as well, with the Nittany Lions expected to be big favorites in the season's first five games, four of which will take place in Beaver Stadium. The first comes on August 31 when the season opens vs. Idaho at 3:30.