Penn State was dealt a blow Monday when redshirt junior Donovan Smith announced he would forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2015 NFL draft, a move that strips an already-young offensive line of its most veteran member. Smith started 31 games in his three-year career, earning a prominent role on the Nittany Lions’ line as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
On the same day, Penn State announced the signing of three-star quarterback recruit Tommy Stevens, who is set to enroll at the university in January. Stevens is a 6-4, 220-pound dual-threat quarterback who stands to benefit from winter strength and conditioning spring practice reps to find comfort in John Donovan’s offense. He should emerge as the Nittany Lions’ No. 3 quarterback behind Christian Hackenberg and Trace McSorley in 2015.
Ross Tucker, Bob Flounders and Dustin Hockensmith talked about both players and more in this week’s Keystone Sports Network podcast. Check out audio from the show in this post and get plenty more podcasts and analysis on KeystoneSportsNetwork.com and by following @KSNSportsNet on Twitter.