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Penn State football HC states that starting QB job is still an open competition

James Franklin said that Drew Allar and Beau Pribula are going to compete for the QB1 job in fall camp.



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Sep 24, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (15) looks down the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Central Michigan 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach of the Penn State football team James Franklin took the podium on Wednesday afternoon at the Big Ten Media Days where he discussed several topics, including how little question marks the 2023 team has. He was proud of the progress the offensive line has made and praised Olu Fashanu for his efforts with that group. But one thing he did not name was a starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions this fall. As Drew Allar and Beau Pribula will need to battle it out in fall camp.

James Franklin states that starting QB job is still an open competition

During his opening statement about the 2023 Penn State football team at the Big Ten Media Days, coach Franklin had this to say about the QB1 job “Obviously there’s a lot of people talking about Drew Allar and what he brings to the table. He was able to get a ton of experience last year, played in, I think, then games. So, I understand why the excitement is there. 6’5 242 pounds, can make all of the throws, but Beau Pribula is a guy that everybody in the program has a ton of respect for as well.”

This is a routine that coach Franklin goes through from a year-to-year standpoint, he wants the job to be earned and not given to a player based on the hype surrounding them. I believe this is a good philosophy to have as the job will mean more for someone that has to go out and earn it in front of their coaches and teammates.

Penn State football will thrive from this position battle

A great takeaway from this battle between Drew Allar and Beau Pribula is the loser of this battle will still be engaged with the program. After battling it out during fall camp, they will be able to show the coaching staff what they are capable of and split reps with the first and second teams respectively. The last thing Penn State can afford during the 2023 season is to have an injury at QB and a disgruntled backup. This competition will make both Drew Allar and Beau Pribula stronger in the long run, which is great for the program.

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