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Tommy Stevens Opens Up About Leaving Penn State

Tommy Stevens escapes a tackler for Mississippi State.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Tommy Stevens #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs escapes a tackle by defensive lineman Kendall Wilkerson #8 of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 31, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Many people thought Tommy Stevens would be the successor to Trace McSorley at Penn State, but it clearly didn't work out that way. Instead, the senior quarterback transferred to Mississippi State.

Since Stevens elected to transfer from Penn State, Sean Clifford and Will Levis battled in camp for the starting quarterback job. Clifford was eventually named starter.

Although the Nittany Lions are doing just fine with Clifford at quarterback, Stevens received a decent amount of backlash for his decision to leave Penn State. There were a few remarks being made that he didn't want to compete for the starting role.

Stevens went on former Penn State tight end Adam Breneman's podcast to discuss his exit from Happy Valley.

It's very clear that Tommy Stevens has no hard feelings toward the Nittany Lions, but he didn't appreciate the hurtful words that he received from some members of the fan base.

Here is what Stevens had to say, via 247Sports:

“I wasn’t afraid of competition,” Stevens said. “I see the things that people say and fans that think I left because I was scared to compete. … It doesn’t make sense to me. Because if I was scared to compete, why wouldn’t I have left after I lost the job to Trace? Why would I have stayed for all of that time? It did bug me a lot. I’m not going to act like I didn’t see any of that stuff.

“Am I upset with how things happened? Yes,” he added. “… I really wanted to be the starting quarterback there. … I wanted the fairy tale ending that I guess a lot of the fans wanted, too. That is what I wanted — I really wanted that to happen. But the longer and longer that it stretched out, it kind of seemed like it wasn’t necessarily what (I) was thinking. … I guess we’ll never know if it would have happened.”

Stevens has been battling an upper body injury at Mississippi State, but he's still thrown for 441 yards and five touchdowns. He's currently sharing time under center with Garrett Shrader.

Penn State is off to a strong start this season as it owns a 3-0 record heading into its bye week.

Both parties have fared well since their breakup in the spring.

[247Sports]