Quarterback Sean Clifford, who left last week’s win over Rutgers because of an illness, was expected to start for Penn State against Michigan State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (TV-ABC) at East Lansing, Mich.
“Sean wasn’t feeling great on Sunday,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said, “was feeling better on Monday and back to normal on Tuesday.”
Clifford completed just 2-of-8 passes for 23 yards before giving way to freshman Christian Veilleux late in the first quarter. Veilleux was 15-for-24 passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns in his college football debut.
Clifford was ailing Friday and Saturday before the game and had lost his voice. Penn State went to a silent cadence while he was in the game.
“His voice was pretty much shot,” Franklin said. “And then after the IVs from the doctors and trainers, Sean felt like he could go. He and (right tackle) Caedan Wallace, both of those guys tried to go. They just did not have the energy and were light-headed and weren’t really productive.”
Franklin said the flu or virus that affected half of the Penn State roster had mostly run its course.
“Most of the (35 guys who missed the Rutgers game) are coming out of it and in a pretty good place,” he said. “There have been a few more over the last couple days that have gotten it kind of late in this cycle.”
Center Mike Miranda and linebacker Curtis Jacobs, who did not play against Rutgers, are expected to be ready against Michigan State.
Stout honored: Penn State senior Jordan Stout was named one of the three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the nation’s top punter.
The other finalists are Adam Korsak of Rutgers and Matt Araiza of San Diego State.
Stout is ninth nationally and second in the Big Ten with a 46.5 average. He has helped the Lions rank second in the country in net punting.
He’s on track to break the school record for punting average in a season and in a career (44.7).
“So thankful,” Stout tweeted. “Couldn’t do it without the support of this team. Time to kick it up one more notch.”
Stout earlier this week was named Big Ten special teams player of the week for the fourth time this season.
Penn State senior Jahan Dotson was not among the three finalists named for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top receiver.
The finalists were Jordan Addison of Pittsburgh, David Bell of Purdue and Jameson Williams of Alabama.
Dotson is second in the Big Ten with 83 catches and 1,045 receiving yards and third with 10 touchdown catches.
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