Everyone in Happy Valley can now breathe a bit more easily.
On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Penn State’s redshirt junior quarterback Tommy Stevens would be staying with the program for the 2018 season.
The announcement came from head coach James Franklin after months of speculation whether the Indiana native and former three-star recruit would be heading elsewhere for his final two years of eligibility. After all, Stevens could’ve seen time with another program as it’s starting quarterback for two seasons while with the Nittany Lions he presumably will only see time as the starter in 2019.
This past season, Stevens was used in a new position that the coaching staff called the “LION” position. It saw Stevens line up at one point or another, quarterback, running back, tight end, and wide receiver.
Stevens ended up collecting 158 yards through the air, 190 yards on the ground, and 60 yards as a receiver. He finished the season with a total of 408 yards (so close!) and six touchdowns.
In 2018, Stevens will most likely reprise his role at the “LION” position while backing up starter Trace McSorley.