All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here is a profile of second-year quarterback Beau Pribula.
Weight: 206 pounds
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Before Penn State: Pribula had an excellent high school career at Central York. Pribula became Central York’s first three-year captain. As a junior, led his school to both its first district championship win and state championship game appearance.
Pribula led Central York to a second straight undefeated regular a season as a senior, but this time the team fell in the district semifinals. Pribula’s play earned him Pennsylvania Player of the Year honors in both his junior and senior seasons.
Pribula ended his high school career with a county-record 108 touchdowns. He committed to Penn State in August of 2020 as a three-star recruit.
Last season: Pribula redshirted, playing behind starting QB Sean Clifford, as well as backups Drew Allar and Christian Veilleux.
Where he stands: Although coach James Franklin hasn’t officially named a starting quarterback for this season at this point, it’s widely expected that Allar will be the man. Assuming this is the case, the question regarding Pribula’s role with the team becomes whether offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich will find a way to work him into the offense in a backup role. QB2s have been used at Penn State in the past. Will Levis and Tommy Stevens were both used in certain packages, as was Michael Robinson back in the early 2000s when the future star was a backup to Zach Mills.
Pribula’s size and running ability make him a candidate to be used in wildcat formations and other types of packages, so we’ll see if Yurcich finds a way to work him in, and what Pribula’s role will be if so.
A quote by Pribula: “I’m not focused on the season or the depth chart right now,” Pribula said. “I’m really just focused on bettering myself.” — Pribula in February at Penn State’s second-year player media availability.
A quote about Pribula: “Beau is a very consistent player. He’s accurate. He has tremendous feet. He brings a lot of ability. I don’t want to label him as a ‘dual-threat’ because I think sometimes when you label guys as ‘dual-threat’ you minimize their ability to throw.” — Offensive coordinator/QB coach Mike Yurcich during spring practice earlier this year.