The quarterback position at Penn State isn’t up for grabs.
Sean Clifford is the No. 1 starter, and will be for the foreseeable future. That would probably be true if Clifford’s pick-six to Purdue’s Chris Jefferson ended up deciding Penn State’s Week 1 game, and it’s certainly true after Clifford responded to lead Penn State on a game-winning 80-yard drive in its 35-31 win.
But despite Clifford’s heroics, there were enough regrettable moments— the pick-six especially— to keep Clifford’s doubters skeptical.
Another factor is that Penn State’s backup impressed in his unplanned college debut.
After stepping in for Clifford— who left with cramps— on Penn State’s first drive of the second half, Drew Allar completed two of four passes for 26 yards.
In his brief sample, Allar looked like a multi-year college starter. He showed poise, completed two passes for first downs and his best throw of the night ended up being dropped by Penn State tight end Tyler Warren.
This throw 🤌 pic.twitter.com/dsT0ERegTr
— Hardcore Penn State Football (@HardcorePSUFB) September 2, 2022
Penn State fans are expecting Allar to start eventually, but some are less patient than others.
Allar’s promising sample, along with Clifford’s shaky moments, were enough to get people talking about who should be Penn State’s starting QB.
Clifford is a sixth-year senior, and its hard to see James Franklin benching him unless absolutely necessary.
For some Penn State fans, however, Allar looked more comfortable running the offense than Clifford did Thursday night, and they want to see more than just a possession for the five-star from Medina to show off what he can do.
But is a quarterback switch something Franklin and Penn State should consider?