Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PSU Football

PSU misses out on transfer QB TJ Finley, who picks Auburn

Penn State lost out on one of its potential top quarterbacks from the transfer portal today when TJ Finley announced that he is transferring from LSU to Auburn. Penn State was one of his four finalists.

Finley started five games for LSU last season, completing 80-of-140 passes for 941 yards with five TDs and five interceptions. He was a 3-star QB recruit coming out of high school in Louisiana.

Below is Finley’s video announcement choosing Auburn.

So, Penn State not only will not be getting Finley, it actually could play against him this fall when Auburn visits Beaver Stadium in week three. Bo Nix was Auburn’s starting quarterback last season and is expected to start again this year, although Finley could get an opportunity to compete for the job.

Penn State still has only three scholarship QBs — Sean Clifford, Ta’Quan Roberson, Christian Veilleux — so the Nittany Lions probably need to go out and find someone from the transfer portal. Whether that quarterback is someone expected to compete for playing time or just to add depth remains to be seen.

Clifford is a two-year starter who has two seasons of eligibility left, so it will be difficult for the coaches to promise much to any transfer quarterback about coming in and competing for the starting job.

Click for more Nittany Sports Now coverage

Written By

Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

More from Nittany Sports Now

PSU Football

1 Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. had been announced as a candidate for the 2022 Lott IMPACT trophy at a luncheon Thursday in...

PSU Football

1 CBS Sports college football analyst Tom Fornelli listed his top 25 head coaches from the Power Five conferences and Penn State’s James Franklin...

PSU in the NFL

2s Last month, the Washington Commanders drafted Jahan Dotson out of Penn State with the 16th overall pick. Now, he’s officially signed to the...

PSU in the NFL

1   After playing ten seasons with five different teams, former Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford retired from the NFL on Tuesday. Thank...

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.