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Drew Allar Named Penn State Football Starting Quarterback Against West Virginia

Penn State football finally has its QB1, folks.

Drew Allar was named the Nittany Lions’ starting quarterback Saturday against West Virginia. The announcement comes after a months-long quarterback competition between Allar and fellow sophomore Beau Pribula. The battle lasted from spring practice to Penn State’s season opener against West Virginia on Saturday, September 2.

Allar was the presumed starter entering the offseason after the departure of long-time starting quarterback Sean Clifford, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2023 NFL Draft. Even during Clifford’s time, many called for the former five-star recruit to take his place during the season.

Allar appeared in 10 games last season, completing 35 of his 60 passing attempts for 344 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 52 yards and one touchdown in 18 attempts.

Pribula’s only snaps for Penn State came in the 2023 Blue-White Game when he completed 10 of his 29 pass attempts for 92 yards along with an interception while splitting his reps between both teams.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a senior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He writes about everything Penn State, especially its 10-2 football team. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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