QB Stevens transfers to Mississippi State

QB Stevens transfers to Mississippi State

Stevens made it official Friday, announcing on Twitter that he is transferring to Mississippi State, where former Nittany Lions offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead is now the head coach.

Stevens played sparingly at Penn State behind All Big 10 quarterback Trace McSorley, completing 58% of his passes and averaging almost 7 yards per carry rushing. Stevens will be competing with Keytaon Thompson, Jalen Mayden and Garrett Shrader. Joe Moorhead had the following to say regarding his new quarterback. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Adding Stevens to the mix gives Moorhead some options at quarterback which is something he desperately needed after losing Fitzgerald and returning his backup who attempted just 39 passes last season with a sub-50 percent completion rate. "With almost 100 days until kickoff, we are excited about our summer preparations as we continue to build a program that will make Mississippi State fans proud".

Stevens' skillset should fit nicely into Moorhead's offensive scheme. Shortly after the end of spring practice, the dual-threat quarterback entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. But as Stevens dealt with an injury over the spring, Clifford got the majority of the first-team reps. There's been a huge body of work that we've seen from him, and I think a year ago, in a lot of ways wasn't fair for him because he was playing with an injury, a pretty significant injury.

"All across the country there's great quarterback rooms and guys are talented", Stevens told The Athletic in March. We'll see how this plays out.

Stevens' father did not like that there were no guarantees at PSU for his son during his final year of college eligibility.

However, Stevens won't have any guarantees that he'll be the starter this fall at Mississippi State, either.

Stevens has rushed for 506 yards and eight TDs, while Thompson has rushed for 672 yards and 10 scores. "Instead, we went something like A to M. Now it's about bridging that gap". For that I can say that my time at Penn State has been nothing short of an wonderful experience. "I am forever thankful for my time there and will forever be a Nittany Lion".

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