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Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens and defensive back Nick Scott get loose before the game against Michigan State.

Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The Houston Chronicle was first to report the news, which was later confirmed by Nate Bauer of Blue-White Illustrated and other sources.

Stevens would be a graduate transfer, meaning he could play immediately as a new school. Entering the portal does not mean Stevens necessarily will transfer. He could stay at Penn State.

Stevens underwent surgery in December for an undisclosed lower-body injury that hampered him for the entire 2018 season. He was not a full participant in spring practice that ended last weekend, and did not play in the Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage.

He has appeared in 23 games for the Nittany Lions, mostly as a backup quarterback, but he has also run and caught the ball as a multi-position playmaker role coach James Franklin dubbed, “The Lion.’’

He is one of two QBs in Penn State history with a 100-rushing yard, three rushing-touchdown game.

Stevens was expected to battle redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford for the starting QB job in 2019.

"If he’s not Penn State’s quarterback, he’s going to be somebody’s quarterback,” Stevens’ father, Tom, told the John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times in an story that appeared April 11.

“Everyone already knows, if he’s not playing at Penn State this year, he’s probably going to leave. I don’t think that’s much news to anybody. He wants to be a starter. ... If it’s not Tommy, then I think Sean would do a great job, and we would wish Penn State the best of luck.”

“Every day, there’s competition at every position,’’ Tommy Stevens said after a spring practice session April 2. “I’ve been through a lot, but it’s exciting to have a chance to the starting quarterback.’’

“The thing with Tommy is he’s as physically gifted as any quarterback I’ve ever been around,’’ Franklin said that day.

After the Blue-White game, Franklin said, “Tommy’s done everything right for four years. Our staff has all the belief in the world in Tommy.’’

Stevens also considered a transfer in the spring of 2018, before the transfer portal existed. He announced March 28 of last year he had decided to remain at Penn State.

“I did some searching around,’’ Stevens said then. “I did talk to some schools. I looked around and found out Penn State is still the best place for me.’’

“We got some great news as a program,’’ Franklin said that day. “Tommy and his family handled this unbelievably well. Obviously, as a coach, I am elated that Tommy is gonna stay with us.’’