By Harry Allison

Penn State coach James Franklin says quarterback Sean Clifford is splitting practice reps with backups Ta’Quan Roberson and Christian Veilleux ahead of the No. 7 Nittany Lions’ game tomorrow against Illinois.

Clifford’s playing status remains unclear after an undisclosed injury knocked him out of the Oct. 9 loss at Iowa.

Penn State was idle last Saturday, and Clifford was seen throwing during a media viewing window of practice on Wednesday, according to The Athletic.

“Yeah, not sure at this stage, all three of them took reps — a third, a third, a third,” Franklin said. “We’ll see. I don’t know at this stage. But we’ll see where he’s at by Saturday. Hopefully, obviously, we’ll have an idea before that. But it was good to see him be able to get some reps today at practice, all three of them.”

Franklin added that Wednesday was not the first time Clifford had thrown at practice this week.

In his third year as starter, Clifford ranks fifth in the Big Ten in passing efficiency, completing 66.3 percent of his attempts for 1,482 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.