Penn State Football

McSorley, Stevens in healthy competition for starting quarterback job

After nearly 20 years of coaching experience and being a former collegiate signal-caller himself, Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has experienced his fair share of quarterback competitions.

Moorhead, who’s tasked with picking a starter between redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens, said there are two different ways a quarterback battle can go.

“It could be a healthy competition, where they’re working and know what they’re fighting for, make each other better, and know a decision has to ultimately be made,” the coordinator said. “But sometimes there’s a situation where the guys don’t get along, and they’re fighting over the job, and it’s not healthy for the team.”

So, that begs the question: which situation is Moorhead and his staff dealing with?

Thankfully for he and the Nittany Lions, it’s been the latter.

“With Tommy and Trace, these guys are able to have a healthy competition,” Moorhead said. “They understand what to do in the best interest of the team.”

Head coach James Franklin won’t name a starter yet, either — but he did give a timeline.

“I think we'll get in a situation where maybe by week two or game week that we'll make the announcement,” he said. “I just don't know. The decision hopefully will be clear to everybody and it won't be much of a decision that we have to make as a coaching staff. It will be clear to everybody.”

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