We are almost there, ladies and gentlemen. Two. More. Days.
Luckily, the number two is also the number of Penn State’s Lion and backup quarterback, Tommy Stevens. Stevens received offers from five other Big Ten schools -- and was committed to Indiana briefly -- but ultimately chose Penn State after racking up more than 5,000 total yards and 46 touchdowns in 21 games for Decatur Central.
Former offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead recognized Stevens’ talent and created the Lion position, where he can line up in the backfield, in the slot, under center, or pretty much anywhere else. In two years, he’s scored 3 touchdowns passing, 6 touchdowns rushing, and 2 touchdowns receiving. His 6’5” frame and freakish athletic ability makes him one of the most versatile players Penn State has.
In March there were rumors that Stevens was considering transferring to another school to play quarterback, but after a lengthy talk with James Franklin and other D-1 coaches, he ultimately decided to stay in Happy Valley. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Stevens said it wasn’t a difficult decision despite the public perception that he might leave.
“I wanted to look and see if there was a better opportunity for me out there,” Stevens told SI. “...I think this is the perfect offense for me. I’m excited to continue to learn and try to get better each day, push Trace, and ultimately give our team the best chance we can at being successful.”
Check out my favorite Tommy Stevens touchdown from last year, a 35-yard absolute bomb to Saeed Blacknall while getting decked by a Georgia State defender.
Get excited, folks!!