While it’s only the second day of spring camp, Penn State has already named its captains for the 2017 season. Quarterback Trace McSorley, middle linebacker Jason Cabinda and strong safety/special teams ace Nick Scott will each be counted on to serve as the leaders of a team that enters the upcoming season with high expectations.
Ever since he stepped foot on campus, McSorley has been praised for his leadership abilities. While he may lack the ideal size for a quarterback, McSorley is known for possessing all the intangibles needed to be a successful leader of the offense. Before his first start, it was common knowledge that he led his high school team to four state championship games, including three state titles. It didn’t take long for McSorley to make a name for himself nationally in his first year as a starter in 2016, and enters the upcoming season as a Heisman hopeful along with running back Saquon Barkley.
Cabinda seemed to be an obvious choice to become a captain heading into his senior season. As the starting middle linebacker during the majority of the past two seasons, Cabinda has been a standout as the quarterback of the defense, and helped guide a young unit that took a huge leap during the course of the 2016 season. He is constantly surrounding teammates and offering encouragement in any footage of offseason workouts as well.
Nick Scott became one of the Nittany Lion’s top special teams performers in 2016 thanks to his speed and aggressive play. He is also a contender for the starting strong safety position left vacant by departing senior Malik Golden.
“These three young men have been leaders in our program, on and off the field,” James Franklin said in a press release. “They live our four core values and act with the program’s best interest in mind. Our team is in good hands with these guys!”
Congratulations Trace, Jason and Nick!