Trace McSorley leads the fourth-best quarterback situation in the nation, according to Barton Simmons of 247Sports.
The groups are broken into tiers. Ohio State, Alabama and Oklahoma occupy the top tier, "Natty Worthy… No Matter What."
Penn State sits alone in Tier Two, called "Either Win It All… Or Win A Lot." Here's what Simmons had to say about the Nittany Lion signal-callers:
Regardless of your opinion of Trace McSorley’s NFL potential, there’s no arguing what the kid is capable of on the college level. He’s capable of winning the Heisman. He’s capable of winning the national championship. But the athletic, mobile quarterback is also capable of getting hurt. If he does, in steps Tommy Stevens, Penn State’s backup who the staff is sky high on. The Nittany Lions’ national title chances may dim with a McSorley injury but they’d still be capable of winning every game on their schedule with Stevens at the helm.
Other teams included on Penn State's 2017 schedule:
- Northwestern is in Tier Three ("Protect Their Blindside!"), made ups of quality starters with unproven backups.
- Michigan lives in Tier Seven ("One Year Away"), where "the quarterback play is shaky this year but we’re on the cusp of seeing something special."
- Pitt finds itself alone in Tier Eight ("Get Back To Me In October"). "Pitt has one of the deepest quarterback rooms in college football… but we won’t know how good this group is until we see more out of the former five-star, USC transfer Max Browne."