2018 Penn State Season Preview: Trace McSorley Record Watch

By Matt de Bear on August 27, 2018 at 8:30 am
Nov 11, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) during the second quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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With Penn State football but five days away, I promise this is the (one of) the last "Trace McSorley is set up to have a massive season" articles you will read. But, with the Nittany Lions set to kick things off on Saturday, it is only right to break down where the senior signal caller stands in the record books, and just how close he is to taking ownership of even more career records.

Single Season

This one is really quite simple. McSorley owns the two best offensive seasons by any quarterback in Penn State history. Just what does that mean?

  • His 3,614 yards passing in 2016 is tops in program history, with 3,570 in 2017 right behind at No. 2.
  • Likewise, his 29 passing touchdowns in 2016 are just ahead of his 28 in the 2017 season.
  • Is total offense your thing? Good, McSorley's 4,061 yards in 2017 is the only season over 4,000 in the history of Penn State football, and his 3,979 in 2016 are second best.
  • We all like tuddies. So does McSorley. He accounted for 39 scores last season and 36 in 2016. Those are 1-2 all-time.


With two full seasons of record-setting performances, it's no surprise that McSorley is already on top in virtually every career mark as well.

  • His 59 career touchdown passes top the career list by an absurd 11. Christian Hackenberg's 48 are second all-time, with three complete seasons, and 381 more attempts.
  • In fact, the only notable career mark McSorley does not yet own is total passing yards. But with only 1,058 separating him from Hackenberg, that mark figures to fall in this season's first month.
  • McSorley's 8,268 yards of total offense is already No. 1.
  • 77 career touchdowns are also the best ever, already 12 ahead of No. 2 Darryl Clark (65).

Simply put, McSorley is in a fantastic position to not only capture every notable passing record at Penn State but stretch out his lead in several categories, as well. Stick with Roar Lions Roar all season long and we'll make sure you're up to date with all of his record-breaking antics.