Trace McSorley Breaks the Penn State All-Time Passing Yards Record

By John Morgan on October 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm
Oct 13, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) warms up prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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It seems like eons ago when Trace McSorley came in relief in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Georgia, replacing Christian Hackenberg. With his eight yard completion to Pat Freiermuth, McSorley is now Penn State's all-time leader in passing yards, surpassing the very player he replaced. McSorley entered the 2018 season needing 1,059 yards to set the new school record. Hackenberg held the record since 2015, when he surpassed Zack Mills on the all-time list.

This is the latest record that McSorley has claimed. He also holds the program records for passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, touchdowns responsible for, 300 and 200-yard passing games, and total offense. He also has a narrow edge over Darryl Clark for the all-time completion percentage, and is also the current leader in passing efficiency. 

McSorley committed to Penn State on in January of 2014, following James Franklin from Vanderbilt after initially committing to the Commodores during Franklin's time in Nashville. In short order, he has gone from an unheralded recruit, to one of the best quarterbacks in school history.