Shawn Clifford has plans after the Rose Bowl. Not ready to give up football just yet, the Penn State quarterback plans to train in Florida for the NFL Combine while also running the NIL Agency.
“I’m really excited to make that journey after the Rose Bowl,” Clifford told reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday ahead of Monday’s game against Utah. please keep on moving.”
Clifford, a fourth-year starting quarterback at Penn State, finished a dream first division in the Rose Bowl he’d wanted to play in since fifth grade. Clifford has spent the weeks since his last game at his stadium with the Bieber, and although he has given himself a brief moment of reflection, he has tried to remain present in every moment. I was.
During the Christmas holidays, Clifford watched many college games taped by his parents and traveled through memories of big victories over Wisconsin, Auburn, and Michigan, as well as the Cotton Bowl Victory Bowl victory over Memphis.
But Clifford, the only quarterback with a 10,000-year career at Penn State, is also a pragmatist. And so he began preparing for his professional career. How viable is it? He has patrons in the building.
“One thing’s for sure, he’s going to go all out,” said Mike Urcic, Penn State’s offensive coordinator. “So he’s going to be an interesting guy and where he lands.” I’ll see what happens and watch over his future.”
Clifford is a unique prospect in the 2023 quarterback class. He’ll be 25 next year, older than a few NFL quarterbacks and one of the most experienced (Rose’s bowl marks his 46th career start). increase).
But Clifford has a ceiling. The NFL Draft Bible ranks him 33rd in the quarterback class for 2023, making him an undrafted free agent. .
He’s an intangible quarterback, convincing when it comes to athleticism and arm strength.
According to the NFL Draft Bible’s rating, “Sean Clifford is probably the best athletic reading option quarterback for the college game”. It shows the ability to succeed only in /read option situations, listed at 6-2, but Clifford plays much smaller than that.Clifford’s advantage is only there if he can It’s in…dramatically reinventing his game.”
But Clifford has strong beliefs and choices. Earlier this year, Clifford appeared on his CFL’s Montreal he Alouette fall negotiating list. That meant that at the time, Montreal had exclusive bargaining rights for Clifford.
If the NFL doesn’t work, Clifford could accept the option of playing in Canada.
Jursic and Penn State coach James Franklin have consistently praised Clifford for his ability to manage huddles, read defenses, assign protections, and put the offense into play. In the NFL, backup his quarterback makes a career out of ensuring consistency, reliability and availability.
“He keeps working hard and I think he’s one of the very go-to players no matter what organization picks him up or drafts him,” Jursic said. “So I think he has a bright future.”
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In the meantime, Clifford will focus on one of his great skills: staying in the moment. After the Rose Bowl, focus on the NFL.
“Realistically, we’re doing a really good job of staying consistent and not focusing on the future,” Clifford said. “So to be here, to be on the Rose Bowl team, and to be striving to be Rose Bowl champions is just a blessing.”
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