The Penn State Nittany Lions have a luxury going into the season that few college football programs can boast; that is they have an experienced and talented senior quarterback in the form of Trace McSorley. PSU and McSorley begin their Big Ten Conference schedule play Saturday, September 22 when they visit the Illinois Fighting Illini on Fox Sports 1.
McSorley should emerge as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation and perhaps be among the Heisman Trophy favorites at season’s end. This, despite the fact that he will be without the support of running back Saquon Barkley who is now in the NFL.
McSorley red-shirted and as a freshman played underneath Christian Hackenberg. With Hackenberg also off to the NFL, McSorley won the starting job prior to his sophomore season in 2016. His stock began to rise after Penn State upset No. 2 Ohio State, which later gave the Nittany Lions the tiebreaker in the East division and a berth in the Big Ten Conference championship game where McSorley led an amazing comeback victory over Wisconsin, before losing in a thrilling Rose Bowl game to USC.
In 2017 McSorley and Penn State were among the favorites in the Big Ten. But Ohio State avenged the 2016 loss and the Nittany Lions fell to Michigan State a week later. The Big Ten is crowded with good teams again this season and McSorley and crew will be tested within the conference very soon. Win or lose, fans are likely looking at a future NFL quarterback in Trace McSorley.
Richard Thomas “Trace” McSorley III
Born: Aug. 23, 1995
Birthplace: Ashburn, Virginia
Height/Weight: 6 foot 1 inches / 205 pounds
Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Honors and Achievements: Fiesta Bowl Champion and Offensive MVP, 2017; Big Ten Champion, 2016