Clifford: I’ll be ‘100 percent’
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was admittedly hurting last week against Illinois, but he feels he’ll be “100 percent” for Saturday’s game at Ohio State (7:30 p.m., ABC).
“I think for sure, you’ll see a difference,” Clifford said Wednesday. “I feel like I’ll be at 100 percent and obviously, being able to run, that’s what I pride myself on.”
Clifford’s mobility was compromised against Illinois when he didn’t run much (five times) and avoided contact when possible. He also didn’t attempt many deep passes in the Nittany Lions’ 20-18 loss in nine overtimes.
James Franklin said Clifford “was limited,” but the QB felt he was “well enough to play.”
Clifford said the team has regrouped emotionally from the loss and remains “extremely committed.”
Despite being a three-year starter, Clifford has another year of eligibility left and was asked if he plans to use it in 2022. He’s not looking that far ahead.
“I really haven’t thought it about it that much,” he said. “Obviously that’s something that I want to sit down with coaches, my family and talk about the pros and cons of everything. When the time presents itself, I’ll start to think about the future. But obviously, we’ve got a big opportunity, and I’m really appreciative of the opportunity I have in front of myself and this team, so it would be stupid to think about anything else but that.”
Clifford was named Wednesday among 13 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, which honors the top scholar-athlete in college football. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7.