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Will Levis To Make First Career Start vs. Rutgers

It’s Will Levis SZN, baby.

The redshirt freshman quarterback was announced as Penn State’s starter for the team’s regular season finale against Rutgers Saturday afternoon.

Levis lost a position battle against normal starter Sean Clifford this summer and has backed him up down the stretch. After making a handful of appearances during garbage time and in dual-quarterback sets, Levis provided a spark off the bench against Ohio State last weekend after Clifford went down with an injury.

Levis was 6-of-11 for 57 yards and an interception, while running for 34 yards and a touchdown. When Levis entered the game, the Nittany Lions trailed the Buckeyes 21-0. He jumpstarted the offense and quickly brought his team within four points before a costly fourth-quarter interception.

After last week’s game, head coach James Franklin said Clifford already wasn’t 100% at kickoff but that he could’ve returned — although his mobility would’ve been lacking.

In the week leading up to today’s game, Clifford’s status was listed as a gametime decision. He was not dressed for pregame warmups when the team took the field.

Today’s game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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