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Penn State Football: Following Decision Stevens Focused On Future

on June 30, 2018 2:40 PM

Chances are the most important life choices a person will make won't be out in the open for the world to judge. 

But if you're one of the most coveted backup quarterbacks in the nation what you want to do with the rest of your college career doesn't exactly go unnoticed.

In fact for Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens, he has been fielding questions about his future for longer than he probably has even been thinking about it. If anyone would want to leave to just simply avoid the media spotlight, it might be Stevens.

He hasn't left though, as well documented by now, Stevens is staying. The rest of his career will play out at Penn State and all things being equal he ought to get a senior year to finally get his show in the backfield. And of course he is always an injury away from playing in 2018.

So how is life post decision?

"There's a lot less stress I guess," Stevens said on Saturday. "There's not a whole lot of stress in my life anymore I guess. People that would come up to me and say 'I hope you're staying' are coming up to me now and saying 'I'm glad you stayed." It's good and it's kind of what I expected because this place is amazing, there are a lot of good people here. It's a lot easier for me now, in terms of what I'm going and I'm happy about my decision, I don't regret it at all."

Now it's a matter of moving ahead. Stevens looks the part as much as he ever has. His arms bulging from his shirt and he stands tall in comparison to his counterpart in Trace McSorley, who for all of his skills, will face questions about his height once again when the NFL comes knocking.

What Penn State actually does with Stevens this season remains to be seen. If the Fiesta Bowl was any indication defenses might be quickly figuring out Stevens' capabilities as an athlete when he's on the field as a quarterback/receiver/running back combo. Three catches for negative yards didn't exactly inspire the efficiency of the scheme, and the vast majority of his career yardage has come in otherwise decided games. Although to his credit, he has impressed more than he hasn't, it's not for a lack of talent.

That's not to say Stevens can't find a way to help Penn State on the field this year, but he might serve Penn State best being what he is, the best backup quarterback in the nation, and a healthy one at that.

Because at the end of the day, Stevens is set on being exactly what he is, a quarterback.   

"I think that once the time starts ticking, you realize that hey, I've only got two years left, I've got to start working," Stevens added. "When I got here I wouldn't say that I was slacking, I've been working hard since I got here. But I think that once the clock starts ticking you realize that hey It's time to kick in and I've been working a little extra hard this offseason."

And in less than 12 months, he might get his chance to be exactly that, on the biggest stage so far.

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