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Ta’Quan Roberson, Christian Veilleux Split Reps While Sean Clifford’s Status Remains Unclear

Penn State football head coach James Franklin met with the media Wednesday night and shed some light on Penn State’s quarterback situation amid Sean Clifford’s injury.

Franklin declined to give an update on the extent of Clifford’s injury or how much time the signal-caller may miss. However, he all but confirmed Clifford will be back at some point this year. Franklin says he’ll typically comment only when a player’s injury is season-ending, which is what he did with PJ Mustipher on Wednesday.

Additionally, the coach did say that what Clifford is dealing with “is not uncommon at the quarterback position.” That obviously doesn’t tell us much, but take it for what it’s worth.

As far as the current state of Penn State’s quarterback room, Franklin said both Ta’Quan Roberson and true freshman Christian Veilleux have been getting some work in.

“Ta’Quan and Veilleux have both been splitting reps so far at practice this week,” Franklin said. “They have done well, but nothing’s been decided or determined at this point.”

It’s important to note that Franklin didn’t say whether the two were splitting first-team reps, just reps in general. Regardless, he said it’s “always a competitive situation” while discussing quarterback competition.

Of course, Roberson was the next man up when Clifford left this past Saturday’s game against Iowa. In what was his first significant in-game action, the redshirt sophomore struggled by completing just 33.3% of his passes for 34 yards and two interceptions in a tough, hostile environment.

Veilleux has yet to see any game action in his true freshman season. The Canadian came to Penn State as a four-star recruit this past spring, and he’s served as the team’s presumptive third-string quarterback so far this season.

Franklin is chalking up the next two weeks as an important time for both quarterbacks while Clifford’s status remains unclear.

“This week will be telling for both of them,” Franklin said. “We’ve only really had two practices since then. Next week will be obviously important as well. We also have a practice [Thursday] that those guys will be involved in.”

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