After James Franklin let the media know that Ta'Quan Roberson and Christian Veilleux would be splitting first-team reps in practice during the week, starting quarterback Sean Clifford was spotted on Wednesday during the practice session open to the media running through individual drills.
Hello there pic.twitter.com/YUZexIlMql— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 20, 2021
Sean Clifford getting some drill work in. pic.twitter.com/CaCj3NyMaU— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) October 20, 2021
Franklin previously stated that Clifford was "doing all the right things" in regards to getting back on the field. His presence in these drills would seem to lend credence to the thought that he isn't too far away from returning to practice as normal and subsequently, games.
The starting quarterback is not expected to appear in this weekend's game against Illinois, with Roberson and Veilleux apparently battling it out this week for those first-team reps. With a trip to Columbus looming the week after, however, you can bet that Franklin and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich are hoping to have the senior back on the field to take on the Buckeyes.
On the season, Clifford has completed 118 of 178 passes (66.3%) for 1,482 yards, and an 11/5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also has 44 carries for 172 yards with a career-best 3.9 yards per carry average. He also has two scores on the ground. He was forced to leave the Iowa game early and did not return in the Lions' 23-20 loss.