On Thursday, former Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was announced as the winner of the Maxwell Football Club’s 22nd Brian Westbrook Regional Player of the Year Award.
The winner of the 22nd Brian Westbrook Regional Player of the Year Award is @PennStateFball quarterback Sean Clifford 🏈🏆
@seancliff14 | #MaxwellFootball | @36westbrook
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— Maxwell Football (@MaxwellFootball) February 2, 2023
Clifford will be honored March 9 at the Maxwell Club’s National Awards Gala, which will be held at the Mohegan Pennsylvania in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
This past season, Clifford returned for his sixth year in the program and his fourth season as a team starter and team captain. He threw for 3,107 yards and 21 touchdowns, helping Penn State to an 11-2 record and a 35-21 win over Utah in the Rose Bowl.
In the Rose Bowl Clifford went 16 for 22 for 279 yards and two touchdowns, one of those a Rose Bowl record 88-yard touchdown pass to KeAndre Lambert-Smith and won the 2023 Rose Bowl’s Offensive MVP.
Clifford holds school records for career passing yards (10,661), passing touchdowns (86), completions (833), passing attempts (1,356), and completion percentage (61.4 percent).
The next step for Clifford is preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft as he is preparing for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The legacy of Sean Clifford at Penn State is polarizing from a fan/media standpoint, but not for coach James Franklin and the program.
“He’s really represented our university and our football program the right way, both on and off the field, in his entire career,” Franklin said last December, “and he’s been doing it for a long time.
“He’s maximized that entire experience,” Franklin said. “He’s maximized it as a student, as a student-athlete. He’s going to go on and be a very, very successful businessman after his football career is done, and he’s done it the right way, and he’s done it with class.
”I’m happy for him. I’m proud of him.