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Only Tommy Stevens Until Penn State Football


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Tommy Stevens is entering his first season as a Nittany Lion. He'll almost assuredly receive a redshirt to further develop physically and as a passer, although he received a ton of praise for his efforts in practice this offseason.

Stevens (along with Trace McSorley) is a true, dual-threat quarterback. While it's not exactly clear what the ideal quarterback type would be for John Donovan's offense just yet, a dual threat guy might be a good change of pace in the future for an offense that will be sorely missing Christian Hackenberg.

The one-time Indiana Hoosier commit will be right in the thick of things in the eventual quarterback battle that will occur, and he'll have a great shot to earn the job. He's certainly caught the eye of the staff in practice, and will get to do it again this year has he helps the first team defense prepare to face the many different Big Ten quarterbacks.

The former Indiana Mr. Football candidate and three star recruiting prospect could end up being a supreme playmaker at the quarterback position, and the type of player who can affect the game with both his arm and his legs. He still has at least a year to go before he starts to make his push for the starting job, but this season will be very important for his development and his future.