The Clifford/Yurcich Combo: Year 2 | WDVM25 and DCW50


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) – Age and experience are two of those things that you can’t teach on the football field, but Sean Clifford has both for the Nittany Lions.

The redshirt senior plus quarterback is the oldest quarterback in a Big Ten roster this season. He will be 24 in the summer.

Experienced, confident and surrounded by talented receivers and coaches, Clifford enters his second season under offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. At the start of the 2021 season, a big theme for the Cincinnati native was taking better care of the ball. In 2020, he threw nine picks in as many games. But only eight picks in 13 games in 2021.

He also had a carousel of offensive coordinators. The 2022 season will be the first time he has had more than one season under one coordinator.

Yurcich says Clifford feels even more comfortable in the system in spring training so far.

“Just the fluidity of being able to weather the progressions and anticipate them,” Yurcich said. “It’s RPOs, he’s more familiar with the system in his second year. You can see that. I think he feels that. So it’s probably not one thing, it’s probably everything right now, just more of a comfort zone with what I call what we’re looking for.”

The spring exercises lead to the blue and white game on April 23rd.


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