By Annie Ross

Penn State’s backup quarterback Tommy Stevens didn’t make the trip to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl with Kentucky and won’t be available for the Jan. 1 game due to injury.

“Tommy had an injury at about the midway point of the season that (the media) weren’t aware of,” Penn State head coach James Franklin told reporters when his team arrived in Florida yesterday. “We had a lot of discussions about when’s the right time to have the surgery. Tommy’s family and the staff decided that the best time to have the surgery was once his academics were finished up and he got through the season. He was able to do that and this will allow him, hopefully, to be full go for spring ball.”

Stevens missed most of the offseason and the first four games of 2018 as Trace McSorley’s back-up due to an unspecified foot injury.

The redshirt junior observed spring practice from a scooter and wore a walking boot back in August.