James Franklin: QB battle is a “true competition”
While on a taped segment on BTN Live, Penn State coach James Franklin gave a little more of his thoughts on the starting QB race between Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens.
Speaking inside Beaver Stadium, Franklin said the lack of a named starter isn’t a case of the Nittany Lions being secretive– he said it’s a true competition that’s still going on.
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) August 15, 2016
As seen in the above video, Franklin quipped that he would have liked to have the QB situation decided after this past season. But with Christian Hackenberg off to the NFL, it’s remained McSorley vs. Stevens.
Franklin didn’t commit to a specific date when it came to naming the starter, but he said he would like to have it by “this point next week,” but if it takes a week and a half or two weeks, he’ll wait as long as the correct decision is made. It’s necessary to note the interview was filmed this past weekend.
Watching BTN's coverage from PSU stop. James Franklin said he'd like to name a QB by this time next wk (it was filmed Saturday) IF they can.
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) August 15, 2016
Franklin had previously said McSorley was in the lead. He said on BTN Live that Stevens has closed the gap a bit. Of the two, only McSorley has seen game action with the Nittany Lions — Stevens redshirted a year ago as a true freshman.
McSorley passed for 185 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INT while also rushing for 43 yards. He saw the most action in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia, throwing for 142 yards and those 2 TDs. He is a sophomore.