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Report: Penn State QB Didn't Travel To Bowl Game

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Penn State will be without a key offensive player when it takes on Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on January 1. Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens will not play.

Stevens had surgery on an unspecified injury, James Franklin told reporters today. His injury shouldn't affect his status for spring ball, Franklin said.

Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Tommy had an injury about the midpoint of the season that you guys weren’t aware of,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said Wednesday. “We had a lot of discussions about when was the right time to have the surgery.

“Tommy’s family and the staff decided the best time to have the surgery would be after his academics were finished up (and he had gotten) through the season. He was able to do that and now this will allow him, hopefully, to be a full-go for spring ball.”

Stevens has been used in a variety of different ways by Penn State while serving as Trace McSorley's primary backup the last two seasons. He is the favorite to replace McSorley in 2019.

This season, Stevens completed 8-of-11 passes for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

He also rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for two yards.

Penn State will take on Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on January 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on ABC.