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James Franklin Addresses Starting Quarterback Battle

A closeup of Penn State football coach James Franklin during a Big Ten game.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

With Trace McSorley off to the Baltimore Ravens and Tommy Stevens transferring to Mississippi State, there's going to be a very green quarterback under center for Penn State in 2019. Head coach James Franklin recently provided an update on his quarterback situation.

Speaking to Rivals' Blue-White Illustrated, Franklin made it clear that he has no intention of naming a starter even if one quarterback sets himself apart from the others. As of writing, sophomore Sean Clifford is widely expected to win the job.

"What I don't want to do is, I don't want to ever make promises or make statements and then don't live up to them," Franklin told BWI. "We don't do that in recruiting. A lot of schools do that in recruiting. They promise a guy a number, they promise playing time. We just don't do that.

“To me, we’re supposed to be using the game of football to teach kids life, and you earn things in life and you earn things in college football.”

McSorley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the NFL Draft after three years as Penn State's starter. Stevens, his backup, decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his senior year.

Franklin is heading into his sixth year with Penn State, but only his second quarterback controversy.

He inherited Christian Hackenberg from his predecessor Bill O'Brien in 2014, who went on to lead the Nittany Lions for Franklin's first two seasons.

McSorley beat out Stevens for the starting job in 2016, and maintained the job through the 2018 season.

Whoever takes over for McSorley in 2019 will have some big shoes to fill.

[Blue-White Illustrated]