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Tommy Stevens Staying With Penn State After Contemplating Transfer (UPDATE)

Penn State cheerleaders perform during a game.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Tommy Stevens made it clear on Twitter he's not going anywhere.

It doesn't get much clearer than that.

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While most of the attention centering around Penn State football is focused on Saquon Barkley, another, potentially more-important storyline has been lurking in the background.

And it has nothing to do with the starting lineup.

Junior quarterback Tommy Stevens won't start for the Nittany Lions in 2018, unless starter Trace McSorley goes down with an injury, but the threat of Stevens leaving the program left many in Happy Valley on edge.

Stevens was considering his options, including a potential transfer to a different program where he would have the ability to start right away.

However, according to Bruce Feldman, Stevens has decided he'll stay with the Nittany Lions.

“I don’t think it was a very hard decision at all,” Stevens told SI. “I wanted to look and see if there was a better opportunity for me out there. Ultimately, this is still a fantastic place. I love it here. I have a lot of good friends with great relationships. This is the best place for me.

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.”

Stevens is a triple-threat for head coach James Franklin. Former Nittany Lions offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead used Stevens as a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver last season.

The junior showed off his athleticism over the past two seasons, racking up 388 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He was 14-of-27 for 158 yards and three TDs through the air last fall and also pulled in 12 receptions.

Stevens has two years of eligibility left, and is poised for the starting role in 2019.