The Penn State Nittany Lions seem to have everything in order going into the 2016 season as they have a talented running back in Saquon Barkley and a defense that looks ready to dominate. The only thing they have to worry about right now is the quarterback and it doesn’t look like the ones competing for the starting job are too worried about that right now.
Of course, Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens, the two guys at the height of the competition right now, have been competing all summer and are ready to find out who will be the starting quarterback. However, both of them don’t want to focus too much on it as it could consume their lives.
“Right now I’m not worried about a competition,” McSorley told ESPN. “I’m worried about each day coming in and proving myself and improving the team. And that’s all I’m going to worry about right now.
“I feel like if you think about it too much, you’ll drive yourself crazy.”
Head coach James Franklin insisted that there is a legitimate competition between the two quarterbacks and he won’t name the starter until a few weeks into camp. Stevens seemed to agree with McSorley, saying that they don’t worry too much about the position battle.
“We don’t really talk about it,” Stevens said, referring to the competition. “We both know it’s there; we don’t really give too much attention to it. We’re just trying to work.”
McSorley has more experience than Stevens, a redshirt freshman. The redshirt sophomore backed up Christian Hackenberg and threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns in six games last year.
The Penn State Nittany Lions certainly seem like they could be a team to contend with going into the 2016 season. It will likely fall on the shoulders of whoever their quarterback is this year.
The Nittany Lions open the season on Sept. 3 when they host Kent State.