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Former Penn State QB likely suffered season-ending injury in first start with new team: report 8/30/2022 Brian Linder,
Ta'Quan Roberson throws during practice with Penn State last November. Joe Hermitt | © JOE HERMITT/ Ta'Quan Roberson throws during practice with Penn State last November. Joe Hermitt |

It looks like a tough break for Ta’Quan Roberson.

The former Penn State quarterback, who transferred to UConn in the offseason and won the starting job there, likely suffered a season-ending injury in the team’s season-opening, 31-20, loss to Utah State Saturday.

Huskies coach Jim Mora told reporters that it appears Roberson suffered a torn ACL in the game.

“We’re going to keep our fingers crossed until we get the MRI results,” he said during his zoom call with the media.

Roberson, who announced he was transferring to the Huskies last December, won a battle with Tyler Phommachanh, Zion Turner and Cale Millen for the starting spot, heading into the opener. He was 1-of-2 passing for 10 yards and ran for 8 more yards before the injury. He was replaced in the game by Turner.

Roberson played in four games for the Nittany Lions in 2021, going 11 of 28 for 85 yards with one touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 24 yards. But with Sean Clifford locked in as the starter, and promising young quarterbacks Drew Allar, Christian Veilleux and Beau Pribula on the roster, he transferred to UConn.

“He is one of the best throwers of the football purely that I have been around,” UConn offensive coordinator Nick Charlton told the Journal Inquirer before the opener.

-- Follow Brian Linder on Twitter @SportsByBLinder

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