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Only Tony Sacca Until Penn State Football

We're no longer in the 20s.

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The Tony Sacca era happened a bit before my time on this earth, so I cannot say I am familiar with him as an athlete. All I really know about him is that he is the head coach of Burlington City High School's football team in the great state of New Jersey.

So, in researching Sacca, I had to look at his stats, which were amazing. Numerically, he went from "horrible" to "really bad" to "kinda bad" to "really good" during his four years under center at Penn State. Here's how his passing numbers looked:

  • 1988: 54-for-146 (37 percent), 821 yards, 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
  • 1989: 56-for-137 (40.9!!! percent), 694 yards, 6 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
  • 1990: 122-for-249 (49 percent), 1,866 yards, 10 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
  • 1991: 169-for-292 (57.9 percent), 2,488 yards, 21 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
I understand it was a different game back then, but could you imagine a QB with those freshman or sophomore years stats today? And then, as a senior, he has numbers that most schools would kill for their QBs to have! What an interesting career.

Sacca ended up getting picked in the second round in the 1992 NFL Draft, but only played in the league for one year.

This year, No. 19 will be worn by wide receiver Gregg Garrity Jr. on offense and defensive end Torrence Brown on defense.

Nineteen more days.