Penn State QB Sean Clifford Injury
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford has left the game with an undisclosed injury. He will be replaced by Ta’Quan Roberson. Christian Veilleux is slated to take snaps in his place. In the interim, Nick Singleton is struggling to move the offense forward.
Penn State quarterback sean clifford leaves game with unspecified injury
After leaving the game with an unspecified injury, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was not immediately able to return to the field in the second half. He returned to the sidelines, but did not wear his uniform. He was wearing street clothes instead. The official explanation for Clifford’s absence will be revealed later. During the first half, Clifford completed eight of 15 passes for 141 yards, adding a rushing touchdown.
Clifford was a five-star recruit and the third-ranked quarterback prospect in the class of 2022, according to the On3 Consensus, a composite rating of four major recruiting media outlets. However, Clifford left the game with an unspecified injury, leaving the team shorthanded and without a running game. This leaves the team searching for an offensive spark in upcoming games, including a trip to Michigan State, No. 5 Ohio State, and No. 9 Michigan State.
Ta’Quan Roberson replaces clifford
Penn State head coach James Franklin has given Ta’Quan Roberson the starting quarterback job as Sean Clifford is out with an injury. Clifford was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school, rated eighth among dual-threat quarterbacks and a four-star prospect. But the sophomore will not return to Saturday’s game against Illinois. The news comes after Clifford left the game against Iowa early in the second quarter and did not return. Penn State did not divulge what happened to Clifford, but did say he was unable to return in the second half.
Roberson will have to step up big time. He will get first-team reps in practice and will know that everyone is counting on him. He may play at a higher level than he was expected to. The Lions need the quarterback to be healthy and play at a high level or the season may come to an end.
Christian Veilleux takes snaps in place of clifford
Christian Veilleux is a freshman who has the skills to step into the starting role at quarterback for Penn State. The 2022 class is deep at the quarterback position, with Allar, Christian Veilleux and Pribula all having a chance to make a big impact. Whether Clifford sticks around or moves on to the offensive line is still unclear, but Veilleux is not concerned with getting lost in the shuffle.
In the first half of Saturday’s game against Iowa, Clifford suffered an injury. It wasn’t clear exactly what kind of injury Clifford had sustained, but he did appear to be dealing with some discomfort. Clifford did not warm up during the pregame warmups, and it wasn’t clear if he would even play. Clifford, who took a hit late in the first quarter, was unable to complete any passes. As a result, Veilleux was elevated to the No. 2 quarterback role. Veilleux completed 5 of 7 passes for 46 yards and ran for 21 yards.
Nick Singleton struggles to get offense moving in absence of clifford
While Clifford has struggled to get the offense moving, he has more experience under Mike Yurcich. Clifford has started four of the last seven games and is in his fourth season as a starter. The only question about him is whether he can stay healthy throughout the season. A rib injury forced Clifford to miss Penn State’s final seven games in 2021.
Both Nick Singleton and Sean Clifford are capable of leading Penn State’s offense, but they will need a lot of time to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Penn State will be able to test both quarterbacks during spring ball and the summer. Both players are capable of competing against other Big Ten teams. Penn State is on a bye week this week, and will play at Michigan in two weeks.