Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley continues to gain accolades following a standout sophomore season where he led Penn State to a Big Ten Championship. The redshirt junior and team captain has been added to watch lists for the Davey O’Brien and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards. The O’Brien Award is given annually to the top quarterback in college football, while the Unitas Award is designated for a quarterback who is a standout on the playing field as well as in the community.
McSorley is now listed on four watch lists, which also include the Maxwell Award and Wuerffel Trophy. As a first year starter, McSorley took the Big Ten by storm, completing 224 of his 387 pass attempts for 3,614 yards, 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also contributed 365 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. In fact, the turning point for Penn State’s high-powered offense came in week five against Minnesota, when McSorley took on a bigger part in the running game, tallying 73 yards. From that point on, defenses were no longer able to key solely on Saquon Barkley.
McSorley is returning as his second season as the starting quarterback, and will lead Joe Moorhead’s offense, who is also in his second year at Penn State.