Penn State Football 2018 Player Profile: Tommy Stevens

Penn State football is blessed with one of the most versatile and talented backup quarterbacks in the nation. 

It’s not often that a backup quarterback has a chance to make a big impact in any other role during the season, but Penn State football is in a special situation heading into 2018. Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens is a talented and athletic player who has all the tools to be a dangerous offensive weapon.

If not for star quarterback Trace McSorley, Stevens would have an excellent chance to be Penn State’s starter. Fortunately, Stevens has a unique set of skills that make him a very intriguing player.

Before coming to Penn State, Stevens, a native of Indiana, was committed to the in-state Hoosiers. The dual-threat quarterback was under the radar, but fortunately, he landed in Happy Valley. 247Sports rated him as a three-star recruit and the No. 9 recruit from Indiana.

Stevens was a redshirt freshman in 2015 before serving as the backup to McSorley in 2016.

Used sparingly as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, Stevens threw just three passes that year. He did, however, rush for 198 yards and two scores. That first season on the field showed off the versatility of Stevens.

Last year, he again saw limited time throwing the ball, completing 14-of-27 pass attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Although the backup quarterback, Stevens was used to also run and catch the ball. He scored four rushing touchdowns and added two receiving scores.

For the Fiesta Bowl, Stevens was given a new position on the depth chart — Lion. According to head coach James Franklin, the position was created to show Stevens’ ability to play multiple positions.

Stevens will likely only be used to play quarterback during “garbage” time this year, but don’t be surprised to see different sets designed exclusively to get him worked into the game plan.