One of the big knocks on James Franklin has been quarterback development.
Sure, Christian Hackenberg was a second-round pick, but his career in the NFL never amounted to anything. Both Trace McSorley and Sean Clifford were excellent college quarterbacks, but McSorley has spent the last couple of seasons fighting to make a roster while Clifford currently isn’t projected to be drafted.
Franklin and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich need to show that they can develop quarterbacks and turn them into special college players and eventually good NFL ones.
A big season from Allar would certainly shut up some of the critics out there. Yes, Allar still has ways to go before he’s even draft eligible, but getting off to hot start certainly wouldn’t hurt at all.
At 6-foot-5, Allar has the size NFL teams look for. It’s all about putting everything else together and showing he’s the real deal. If Allar goes off in 2023, he will find himself high on the draft board heading into 2024, and that’s good publicity for Penn State.