Penn State multipurpose quarterback Tommy Stevens delivered a mild Twitter burn to the Alabama football program Tuesday. At 4:22 p.m., the Crimson Tide’s official site tweeted that ’Bama had the “Best QB room in the country” along with a “100 percent” emoji and links to the twitter accounts of quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

About two hours later, Stevens retweeted the post with a simple “Lol” (which, for all of you non-social media types, means “laugh out loud”).

THAT was quickly retweeted by PSU starting QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Trace McSorley.

Defending Penn State’s quarterback depth is nothing new for Stevens. In fact, at the recent Lift for Life Challenge — long before the tweet from Alabama — the redshirt junior proactively said the Nittany Lion quarterbacks were the top group in the nation.

“The competitive nature that we have — we see some of these things that come out about the quarterback rooms around the country,” Stevens said. “It’s hard for us to believe there’s a better one in the country.

“There’s a lot of good teams out there,” he added. “But we’re very competitive and we think that we’re the best.”

Penn State and Alabama fans can have fun arguing who has the better QB group throughout the 2018 season. But nobody can debate how far that particular position has come since James Franklin was named head coach of the Nittany Lions in 2014.

Significant personnel turnover at the position earlier this decade — owing to NCAA sanctions, coaching changes and players who never quite panned out — left Franklin with two scholarship QBs in 2014. One was starter Christian Hackenberg. The other was a true freshman named Trace McSorley, who immediately became the second-teamer. Through some miracle, the often-sacked Hackenberg stayed healthy that entire season and McSorley never had to play, thus saving his redshirt.

Fast-forward to 2018, and the Lions have the veteran McSorley, who some are touting as the best QB in the nation and who is set to become PSU’s all-time leading passer this fall. Then there is Stevens, who as a quarterback, receiver and tight end last season scored touchdowns by throwing, catching and running the pigskin.

The third-teamer is redshirt freshman Sean Clifford, who has wowed the staff in practice when healthy. Redshirt sophomore Jake Zembiec is fighting to not slip further down the depth chart. True freshman Will Levis arrived earlier this summer, and has already shown physical improvement. He is ticketed for a redshirt. Walk-on Michael Shuster is also in the room.

For McSorley, it is a significant contrast from when he arrived as a member of Franklin’s first Penn State recruiting class.

“We talk about all the guys we’ve got in the quarterback room,” he said. “It’s awesome to be able to have those guys that are young and eager, so it gives me an opportunity to teach them. … So to be able to talk with those guys and have those young guys pushing all the way up through, it’s awesome.”

“We’ve got a lot of characters as well to add to that,” Stevens said. “Just guys that are fun to be around. We all enjoy being around each other, we all enjoy spending time with each other. (It’s) a very competitive group.”

Their recent Twitter activity is proof of that.