Penn State spring practice opened yesterday. One of the players vying for the quarterback job, Tommy Stevens, is likely going to be limited throughout the month-long period.
Stevens recently had surgery to help deal with the injury, which head coach James Franklin hasn’t revealed. He will reportedly be able to participate in practice at some level, but won’t be fully engaged.
Stevens played in seven games last season, missing time due to injury. When healthy, he served as Trace McSorley’s backup quarterback, but is a do it all player for the Nittany Lions.
He has appeared as a running back, wide receiver, and tight end, and has accounted for 14 total touchdowns during his college career, between all of his positions.
James Franklin addressed Tommy Stevens’ status as spring ball began on Wednesday.
From The Inquirer:
“He will be able to participate; I don’t know if it’s going to be full go,” said Franklin, who mentioned before the Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl that Stevens had had “recent surgery.”
“He had the surgery off campus, so we are communicating with his doctor, as well as trying to get everybody on the same page. At this point, he’ll be limited from the beginning of spring, and, depending how spring goes, it could be full go by the end of spring. But I’m not sure of that yet.”
It is unclear if Stevens will win the quarterback job, and the spring injury may hurt his candidacy. Once he is ready for full contact, he will likely find his way onto the field in some capacity for PSU, thanks to his famous versatility.
Penn State’s Blue-White Game will take place on April 13.