There are still 121 days left until Penn State opens the 2018 season in September. Trust me, I checked. That has not stopped Athlon from rolling out their annual lists of the top players in each conference. Earlier this week, the Big Ten quarterbacks were up, and Trace McSorley tops the list of 14. Here's what they had to say about the senior:
With Saquon Barkley off to the NFL, Penn State’s Big Ten title and CFB Playoff hopes rest with McSorley. The Virginia native has posted back-to-back prolific seasons as Penn State’s starter and is among the top candidates to win the Heisman Trophy in 2018. McSorley has accounted for 7,184 passing yards and 57 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Additionally, he’s rushed for 856 yards and 18 scores on the ground in that span. McSorley’s 77 career touchdowns are the most by any Penn State player in program history.
McSorley beat out Michigan State's Brian Lewerke, recently deemed eligible Wolverine Shea Patterson, and Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook.
Just how prolific has McSorley been in his two years as the starting quarterback? He holds the single season record for passing touchdowns (29), yardage (3,614), total touchdowns (39), and total offense (4,061). He is No. 2 on each of those those lists as well.
McSorley is an absurd 11 scores clear of Christian Hackenberg on the career passing touchdown list with 59, and 12 clear of Daryll Clark on the total touchdowns list with 77. His 8,268 yards of total offense is the most in program history, with one full season left to go. The only major record he does not yet hold is career passing yards. However, at just 1,058 yards behind Hackenberg, that will not last long.
Yeah, the guy is pretty good.