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James Franklin Announces Surprising Role for Drew Allar vs. Michigan State

At his weekly press conference Monday, Penn State head coach James Franklin gave an update on the status of Nittany Lions starting quarterback Drew Allar.

“We expect Drew to go,” Franklin told reporters, of Allar’s possible role against the Spartans.

Franklin further noted that he expects both Beau Pribula and Drew Allar to have roles Friday.

“Beau will be ready to go,” Franklin noted.

Franklin mentioned that Penn State has not practiced yet this week, but “all indications” are that everything will be “back to normal” for Penn State’s quarterback room Friday.

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Allar exited Saturday’s win over Rutgers in the third quarter, one play after taking a hard hit on his throwing shoulder on a designed quarterback run.

While the sophomore quarterback exited the medical tent with his helmet in hand a few minutes later, Allar did not return to action against the Scarlet Knights and backup quarterback Beau Pribula helped Penn State seal the win, primarily on the ground.

In talking to the media at the post-game press conference Saturday, Franklin mentioned regarding Allar’s status, “I don’t see this being significant…but we will see.”

With Allar’s status now confirmed for Michigan State, Penn State should head to Detroit Friday full strength on an injury front in the quarterback room.

MORE: Penn State QB Report Card from Win Over Rutgers

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Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.

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