Sports Illustrated Ranks Trace McSorley the Nation's No. 15 Player

By Craig Fritz on June 20, 2018 at 4:29 pm
Penn State Quarterback Trace McSorley

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Another day, another honor. Penn State senior quarterback Trace McSorley is the 15th best player in the nation, according to Sports Illustrated. On Wednesday, SI revealed players ranked 11-19 as part of its annual list of the top 100 players in college football. 

McSorley will own every Nittany Lion passing record of significance after his senior season is over, and presides over an extremely talented group of signal callers. The first two prolific campaigns of his career have vaulted him into the conversation as one of the best quarterbacks in the B1G and all of college football. In fact, his stats so far match up pretty well with some recent Heisman trophy winners

Here's what they wrote about the Penn State field general:

15. TRACE MCSORLEY, QB, PENN STATE

What’s the ceiling for a Nittany Lions offense that hinges on McSorley’s arm instead of Saquon Barkley’s legs? The answer to that question could determine the fate of the Big Ten East. Penn State fans might tell you we already know the answer: As defenses loaded up to stop Barkley last season, McSorley made them pay with his arm and his legs, posting eight games with at least 280 passing yards and four with at least 60 rushing yards. His YOLO throws make the Nittany Lions a threat to ice games at any time, but they also run the risk of turning into mistakes at inopportune moments. If he leads Penn State past Ohio State and into the East driver’s seat in late September, he could find himself at the top of several midseason Heisman Trophy projections.

So far, UCF's McKenzie Milton is the only quarterback ranked ahead of McSorley. The top 10 players will be released later this week.

19. MACK WILSON, LB, ALABAMA
18. DEEBO SAMUEL, WR, SOUTH CAROLINA
17. A.J. DILLON, RB, BOSTON COLLEGE
16. CAMERON SMITH, LB, USC
15. TRACE MCSORLEY, QB, PENN STATE
14. SHAQ QUARTERMAN, LB, MIAMI
13. MCKENZIE MILTON, QB, UCF
12. JONAH WILLIAMS, OL, ALABAMA
11. GREEDY WILLIAMS, CB, LSU

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