Penn State Football 2018 Player Profile: QB Sean Clifford

Penn State football returns all three of its quarterbacks on the depth chart. Sean Clifford rounds out a quality top three signal callers.

It’s no surprise that Penn State football’s recruiting has done an unbelievable job under James Franklin. The quarterback position benefitted from the boon. Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens have proven that statement true. Furthermore, the depth chart goes three deep for this team, as Sean Clifford showed off his skill set after a quality spring game.

After a full year in Happy Valley, he looks primed to compete in the quarterback battle after McSorley and Stevens graduate. He is a proven and productive winner from his high school days, winning a state title. He also carries a respectable skill set even as a freshman player. For example, he perfectly timed his throws, hitting a drag route, swing pass out of the backfield and a corner route.

Finally, he showed quality touch with an absolute dime over the top to Mac Hippenhammer for a 29-yard touchdown. Although he threw just eight passes in the game, he demonstrated that he can make the routine throws in the college game.

What he didn’t get to show off too often was his athleticism. Clifford escaped for a short gain, but he didn’t show the full array of his mobility. But he does have that level of athleticism. The redshirt freshman quarterback set his high school’s record in career rushing yards (1,110). Clifford also added 20 touchdowns.

In the spring game, he stayed in the pocket and showed poise with his throws. At 6-foot-2, 211 pounds, he doesn’t jump off the roster, but he definitely isn’t slight or small by any means. If Penn State has any worries about the future, they should be in solid shape with a guy like Clifford set up for the future.

Looking toward the fall, he may get on the field a bit in blowout wins. Depending on how many reps Stevens will get as QB No. 2, he could step in some.