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Penn State Selects Three Captains for 2018 Season

Trace McSorley, Nick Scott, and Blake Gillikin are your 2018 team captains, as voted on by their teammates.

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Quarterback Trace McSorley, safety Nick Scott and punter Blake Gillkin have been selected by their teammates to lead the football team as captains for the 2018 season. This is the second consecutive year that McSorley and Scott have been named captains, with Scott effectively taking over as captain of the defense following the departure of Jason Cabinda.

The record-breaking McSorley will enter as his third year as starting quarterback. His leadership abilities have been well-documented since he joined the program. Scott is expected to take over the starting spot at free safety from Marcus Allen, who is preparing for the NFL Draft later this month. Gillkin is preparing for his third season as Penn State’s starting punter, where he has brought stability to a position that had been a weakness for several years prior to his arrival in State College.

“Trace and Nick have earned the respect of their teammates after being selected by their peers as captain for a second-straight year. Blake has been outstanding for our very young special teams unit and has been killing it in the classroom with a perfect GPA. These three have been leaders for us in the locker room, on the field and in the classroom. This team will continue to make great strides under their leadership,” James Franklin said in a quote from the program’s announcement posted on

Congrats to Trace, Nick, and Blake!