Trace McSorley Passing Chart (Michigan): No One is Forcing You to Read This

By Nick Polak on November 6, 2018 at 8:00 am
Nov 3, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) scrambles in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.

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Welcome back to the Trace McSorley passing chart. Each week we'll show you McSorley's chart from the most recent game, as well as his cumulative stats for the season. There may be a few differences here and there from the stat lines you see on ESPN, Sports Reference, or elsewhere, but I'll try to make sure to explain each of those differences below. Distances on the far left denote how many yards the ball traveled in the air.

I'll save my comments for after the chart today.

McSorley Passing Chart (Michigan)
  LEFT MIDDLE RIGHT TOTALS
20+ YARDS 0/1
0 yds
-
-
0/0
-
-
-
0/0
-
-
-
0/1
0 yards
-
-
10-19 YARDS 1/1
20 yds
-
-
2/3
44 yds
-
-
0/1
-
-
-
3/5
64 yards
-
-
0-9 YARDS 0/1
0 yds
INT
-
1/4
10 yds
-
1 drop
0/1
0 yds
-
-
1/6
10 yards
INT
1 drop
BEHIND L.O.S. 0/0
-
-
-
0/0
-
-
-
1/1
9 yds
-
-
1/1
9 yards
-
-
TOTALS 1/3
20 yards
INT
-
3/7
54 yds
-
1 drop
1/3
9 yds
-
-
5/13
83 yards
INT
1 drop
  • 4-man rush: 3/6, 55 yards, 1 INT
  • 5-man rush: 2/7, 28 yards, 1 drop
  • 1st down: 3/7, 55 yards, 1 INT
  • 2nd down: 2/5, 28 yards, 1 drop
  • 3rd down: 0/1, 0 yards

**ADJUSTED COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: 46.2%

  • Something that Intern Matt said on the podcast this week struck me- McSorley has never done particularly well with throws on short crossing routes. Sure enough, on throws of that nature against Michigan, despite having receivers open to catch and run with the ball, McSorley missed on throws to both Thompkins and Hamler.
  • On the flip side, McSorley excels at throwing short post routes to the middle of the field. He found Pat Freiermuth on the first play of the game and had Brandon Polk on the second drive. He found Jahan Dotson on a post on the third drive, as well. This is McSorley's bread and butter, yet they play calls continue to call for the short crosses that he has proved as difficult for him (this could be an area where his size hinders him).
  • The miss on the sure touchdown to Thompkins was brutal. Wide open, nothing but the end zone ahead of him. A healthy McSorley surely makes that throw.
  • However, before that overthrow and the ensuing sack, this was a legitimately good drive for the Penn State offense. Another post route by Freiermuth and a deep crossing pattern by Hamler led to gains of 19 and 20 yards, respectively. These two throws also highlighted some very nice pass blocking by the offensive line.
  • On the only two throws he attempted after halftime before his first benching, McSorley was very off-target. Both came on those same shallow crossing routes, both weren't terribly close to being completions, and both could have been intercepted.
  • Overall, despite giving up some pretty bad sacks (more on those later in the week), the offensive line did a decent job of giving McSorley time to throw. It wasn't a perfect performance, but with a healthy McSorley, it would have likely been enough for him to get the job done through the air.
  • In his final throw of the night, McSorley threw wayyyy behind Nick Bowers and the ball was tipped and intercepted. An unfortunate, but fitting end to his evening.
  • The incompletion stats for the week...
    • 4 overthrows
    • 2 wide throws
    • 1 drop
    • 1 interception
  • As a passer, Tommy Stevens went 3/4 for 35 yards and his interception, which we don't need to talk about anymore.
McSorley Passing Chart (Season)
  LEFT MIDDLE RIGHT TOTALS
20+ YARDS 3/13
106 yds
-
2 drops
7/12
222 yds
2 TD
1 drop
4/13
111 yds
TD, INT
2 drops
14/38
400 yards
3 TD, INT
5 drops
10-19 YARDS 13/23
211 yards
TD
3 drops
1 batted pass
15/28
266 yds
4 TD, 2 INT
4 drops
6/13
78 yds
-
3 drops
34/64
555 yards
5 TD, 2 INT
10 drops
1 batted pass
0-9 YARDS 27/41
245 yds
TD, 2 INT
3 drops
3 batted passes
14/36
235 yds
3 TD
6 drops
3 batted passes
19/30
138 yds
-
2 drops
2 batted passes
59/101
608 yards
4 TD, 2 INT
11 drops
8 batted passes
BEHIND L.O.S. 8/10
36 yds
-
1 drop
1/2
2 yds
-
-
9/9
36 yds
-
-
18/21
74 yards
-
1 drop
TOTALS 51/87
598 yds
2 TD, 2 INT
9 drops
4 batted passes
37/78
725 yds
9 TD, 2 INT
11 drops
3 batted passes
38/67
363 yds
TD, INT
7 drops
2 batted passes
126/242
1,686 yards
12 TD, 5 INT
27 drops
9 batted passes
11 throwaways
2 hail marys
  • 3-man rush: 12/27, 156 yards, 1 TD, 3 drops, 6 throwaways/hail marys
  • 4-man rush: 71/137, 934 yards, 6 TD, 5 INT, 16 drops, 4 throwaways, 6 batted passes
  • 5-man rush: 33/60, 416 yards, 2 TD, 7 drops, 2 throwaways, 2 batted passes
  • 6+ man rush: 10/18, 180 yards, 3 TD, 1 drop, 1 throwaway, 1 batted pass

**ADJUSTED COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: 69.9%

  • All I have to say after this one is that I sincerely hope that we haven't seen the last of Trace McSorley in a Penn State uniform.
  • Nice.
**Adjusted Completion Percentage Explanation

Being that the idea of this is to actually find out how accurate McSorley is, his adjusted completion percentage is calculated by removing some externals. The formula is as follows:

Adjusted Completion Percentage = (Completions + Drops) / (Pass Attempts - Spikes - Throwaways - Batted Balls - Balls disrupted by a QB hit)

I was iffy on excluding batted balls because blame for those is equally shared between the offensive line and the quarterback, in my opinion, but since we just want to see how accurate he's been in terms of hitting his receivers, we'll take it out.

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