Trace McSorley Passing Chart (Maryland): A Healthier McSorley Shines on Senior Day

By Nick Polak on November 27, 2018 at 10:10 am
Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) reacts after scoring his second touchdown of the quarter during the first quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver 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.

With each passing week, McSorley gets closer and closer to being back to full health, and it's very visible. This week, that health allowed the quarterback to have one of his better performances of the second half of the season in his finale at Beaver Stadium. Long live Trace.

McSorley Passing Chart (Maryland)
  LEFT MIDDLE RIGHT TOTALS
20+ YARDS 0/0
-
-
-
2/2
72 yds
-
-
0/2
-
-
1 drop
2/4
72 yds
-
1 drop
10-19 YARDS 0/1
-
-
-
3/3
65 yds
-
-
0/1
-
-
-
3/5
65 yds
-
-
0-9 YARDS 2/5
15 yds
-
1 drop
2/3
51 yds
TD
1 drop
1/3
17 yds
-
1 drop
5/11
83 yds
TD
3 drops
BEHIND L.O.S. 1/1
12 yds
-
-
0/0
-
-
-
1/1
-2 yds
-
-
2/2
10 yds
-
-
TOTALS 3/7
27 yds
-
1 drop
7/8
188 yds
TD
1 drop
2/7
15 yds
-
2 drops
12/22
230 yds
TD
4 drops
  • 3-man rush: 0/1 , 0 yards
  • 4-man rush: 5/10, 120 yards, 3 drops
  • 5-man rush: 5/8, 97 yards, 1 drop
  • 6+ man rush: 2/3, 13 yards, TD

**ADJUSTED COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: 72.7%

  • As mentioned at the top, this was the spriest McSorley has looked since the injury against Iowa (and yes, I know I've said this every week for at least three weeks in a row now). Still, the biggest difference this week was how he was moving through the pocket. In previous weeks, his injury had kept him from being able to shimmy through the pocket to avoid pressure, which is one of his greatest strengths as a quarterback. Against Maryland, he was finally able to do that once again, and it made a huge difference.
  • He also looked much better running the football, but we'll get to that in the rushing chart.
  • Of course, it wouldn't be a solid passing day in 2018 without more drops. Of the four drops, the first two were both thrown behind the receiver (Hamler and Thompkins), but both should have been caught fairly easily and hit their target in the hands.
  • McSorley feasted down the middle of the field. Granted, 46 of those yards came via a hook-and-lateral at the end of the half, but still. When he's at his best, McSorley has always been one to throw his receivers open right down the heart of the field, and he did that Saturday.
  • The playcalling, especially in the passing game, was perhaps the best we've seen from Ricky Rahne all season. They incorporated all of the things that had worked throughout the year—getting Hamler the ball in space, letting Freiermuth and Dotson run deep-developing routes down the middle of the field, and more. It would be a shock to not see Rahne back as offensive coordinator in 2019, so this was a great sign of hopefully what's to come from him.
  • The incompletion stats for the week...
    • 4 drops
    • 5 overthrows
    • 1 miscommunication (the near-interception that was thrown the direction of Tommy Stevens)
McSorley Passing Chart (Season)
  LEFT MIDDLE RIGHT TOTALS
20+ YARDS 3/13
106 yds
-
2 drops
10/18
329 yds
2 TD, INT
1 drop
5/19
131 yds
TD, INT
3 drops
18/52
566 yards
3 TD, 2 INT
6 drops
10-19 YARDS 14/25
234 yards
2 TD
3 drops
1 batted pass
22/41
423 yds
4 TD, 2 INT
7 drops
10/23
139 yds
2 TD
3 drops
46/89
796 yards
8 TD, 2 INT
13 drops
1 batted pass
0-9 YARDS 36/54
310 yds
2 TD, 2 INT
4 drops
3 batted passes
17/41
291 yds
4 TD
7 drops
4 batted passes
26/42
190 yds
-
5 drops
3 batted passes
79/137
791 yards
6 TD, 2 INT
16 drops
10 batted passes
BEHIND L.O.S. 14/17
64 yds
-
1 drop
1/2
2 yds
-
-
17/18
63 yds
-
-
32/37
129 yards
-
1 drop
TOTALS 67/109
714 yds
4 TD, 2 INT
10 drops
4 batted passes
50/102
1,045 yds
10 TD, 3 INT
15 drops
4 batted passes
58/102
523 yds
3 TD, INT
11 drops
3 batted passes
175/328
2,282 yards
17 TD, 6 INT
36 drops
11 batted passes
15 throwaways
2 hail marys
  • 3-man rush: 16/36, 237 yards, 2 TD, 5 drops, 6 throwaways/hail marys, 1 batted pass
  • 4-man rush: 100/191, 1,251 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT, 22 drops, 8 throwaways, 7 batted passes
  • 5-man rush: 46/76, 592 yards, 3 TD, 8 drops, 2 throwaways, 2 batted passes
  • 6+ man rush: 13/25, 202 yards, 4 TD, 1 drop, 1 throwaway, 1 batted pass

**ADJUSTED COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: 70.6%

**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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