STATE COLLEGE – Penn State’s quarterback position is always under the microscope.
But with the Nittany Lions coming off a 4-5 season, there are even more eyes on veteran Sean Clifford, who was inconsistent for much of 2020.
There is also another issue – there is no experience behind Clifford.
Third-year player Ta’Quan Roberson has yet to take a meaningful snap. And the other scholarship quarterback, Christian Veilleux, was a January enrollee this year.
So it should be an interesting first year on the job for offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, who James Franklin hired shortly after the 2020 season concluded. Yurcich, who replaced Kirk Ciarrocca, coached at Texas a year ago.
Asked about working with Clifford in the offseason, Yurcich praised the quarterback’s demeanor and attitude.
“His ceiling is very high,’’ Yurcich said of Clifford, who threw for 1,883 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2020 but also tossed nine interceptions.
“Sean is all about helping his team win.”
As for Roberson and Veilleux, Yurcich said: “They both have the talent.”
Yurcich acknowledged the reserves are inconsistent but “trending in the right direction.”
Added Yurcich: “The maturity is there (from) both the young men.”