Penn State backup quarterback Tommy Stevens has appeared to suffer an undisclosed right foot injury, as 247Sports was the first to report the apparent injury to the redshirt junior. The article written by Tyler Donahue, also features a photo provided by Mark Brennan showed the Indiana native wearing a walking boot on his right foot and carrying a pair of crutches prior to the program’s photo day on Saturday.
While the severity is not yet known, an injury to Stevens could create a huge impact on Penn State’s 2018 season. While Stevens is the backup quarterback, he was expected to reprise his role at the LION position this upcoming season, as the Penn State coaching staff looked for various ways to get him the ball due to his dynamic play making ability.
As fans may remember, Stevens suffered an foot injury earlier this year that put him in a walking boot for most of the spring and is the same foot that he has a walking boot on now.
Last season, Stevens was the backup quarterback to Trace McSorley but also saw time in the offense lining up in the backfield and at wide receiver as part of his LION position role. At the end of the season, Stevens finished the season with 190-yards rushing and 60-yards receiving to go along with his 190-yards passing on the season. He also finished the season with nine total touchdowns (four rushing, three passing, two receiving).
If Stevens is going to be out long term for the Lions, the program will look to redshirt freshman Sean Clifford to be the backup quarterback. Clifford entered the spring the third string quarterback with Will Levis as the fourth string quarterback. The Lions have already suffered attrition at the position this summer as Jake Zembiec announced he’d have to retire due to injuries.
According to Donahue’s original report on Stevens, Mark Brennan also saw Shane Simmons in a walking boot which Penn State beat writer Audrey Snyder also reported on Saturday afternoon.