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Penn State Names Sean Clifford Starting Quarterback

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford throws a pass during warm-ups.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

With roughly one week away from their season opener, the Penn State Nittany Lions have finally named their starting quarterback. Sean Clifford has won the quarterback battle and will be the starter for Week 1.

Many assumed that senior Tommy Stevens would wind up as the successor to Trace McSorley, but he decided to transfer to Mississippi State, where he was recently named the starter. His absence from spring practice due to injury helped Clifford become the favorite for the job.

Clifford came on strong in the spring, receiving the majority of first-team snaps for the Nittany Lions. However, redshirt freshman Will Levis wouldn't go down without a fight.

Earlier this week, head coach James Franklin said that he wasn't ready to decide which quarterback would be the starter. It appears that wasn't the case though.

On Friday,

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">the Nittany Lions announced their starting quarterback for the season opener. The winner of the quarterback battle at Penn State is Clifford. He'll make his first career start for the program next week, with Idaho coming to Beaver Stadium.

In limited action last season, Clifford had 195 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Penn State is hoping that Clifford can lead the offense to new heights this upcoming season. However, the redshirt sophomore does have large shoes to fill at quarterback. McSorley is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in Penn State history.

We'll get our first real look at Sean Clifford when Penn State goes up against Idaho next Saturday.