Penn State Football: 3 post-spring transfer targets for Nittany Lions

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Following spring practices, the Penn State football program still has some needs to fill and here’s are three transfers the Nittany Lions should target.

Heading into the 2021 season, there are pretty high expectations for Penn State football, even after a 4-5 season.

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index for the 2021 season, Penn State is ranked No. 10 overall and second in the Big Ten. Of course, much of this depends on quarterback Sean Clifford and his form.

Back in the 2019 season, Clifford was outstanding and Penn State went to a New Year’s Six Bowl. Last season, he threw more interceptions in nine games than he did in 12 games the year prior.

Clifford turned it around at the end of last season and he’s expected to be the starter going forward. However, quarterback is one position that’s been mentioned as an area of need for Penn State, even if it’s just a backup.

Behind Clifford, Penn State football doesn’t have any experience and head coach James Franklin even said this spring that the Nittany Lions were likely to look to the portal for a quarterback.

Here’s what Franklin said via 247 sports about adding a quarterback in the portal:

"“It’s about going out and finding a guy that can come in and compete, and has some experience,” Franklin said of future transfer exploration at quarterback. “Again, we’ll see how that goes. But we’re open to the topic and we’re open to discussing it.”"

Penn State has one top name on its list at quarterback but it also has potential needs to address on the offensive and defensive lines.

And here are three transfer portal targets that could help the Nittany Lions address those needs, starting with quarterback.