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Trace McSorley
Trace  McSorley


Ashburn, Va.

High School:
Briar Woods

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 195



H.S. Coach:
Charlie Pierce



McSorley on Manning Watch List

Junior quarterback among the candidates for the nation’s top quarterback


Barkley and McSorley Earn Big Ten Preseason Honors

Nittany Lion duo are two of the five honorees from the East Division


Duo on Walter Camp Watch List

Junior running back and junior quarterback among the candidates for National Player of the Year


McSorley and Franklin Selected to Watch Lists

Junior quarterback among the preseason candidates for the Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award; Franklin among those on the Dodd Trophy watch list


McSorley Named to Wuerffel Watch List

Junior quarterback among candidates for college football’s premier award for community service


2017 Rose Bowl Game - Penn State vs. USC

Jan. 2, 2017


Penn State 45, Michigan State 12

Check out the Penn State USATSI photo gallery from the game against Michigan State.


Penn State 45, Indiana 31

The Nittany Lions defeat Indiana, on November 12, 2016.


Penn State vs. Iowa

Nov. 5, 2016


No. 24 Penn State vs. Purdue

Check out the USA Today photo gallery from the football game between No. 24 Penn State and Purdue

Career Notes and Records
Career: One of five quarterbacks in Penn State history with multiple 300-yard passing games in a career, joining Christian Hackenberg (9), Matt McGloin (6), Kerry Collins (4) and Daryll Clark (3)...His five 300-yard passing games rank No. 3 on the Penn State career charts...Owns 11 200-yard passing games to rank tied for No. 6 on the career ledger...Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 15-straight games, breaking Kerry Collins’ the school record streak of 14 from 1993-94...Became the first Penn State quarterback with three consecutive games scoring both a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown since Matt McGloin in 2012 (vs. Temple, at Illinois, vs. Northwestern)...With 396 passing yards in two bowl games, McSorley ranks No. 6 on the Penn State bowl career charts...The six career touchdown passes in bowl games rank No. 2 on the Penn State career bowl list, trailing only Tony Sacca’s seven career scoring passes in three bowl games.

Season: Owns Penn State’s single-season passing yards (3,614), passing touchdowns (29) and total offense records (3,979)...Ranked No. 6 on the completions charts (224) and No. 5 on the Penn State single-season pass attempts (387) list...Is No. 2 in Penn State single-season pass efficiency rating at 156.9 (Kerry Collins, 172.86; 1994)...His 9.34 yards per pass attempt are No. 3 in a single-season at Penn State...Owns the Penn State record for 300-yard passing games in a single-season record with five in 2016...Tied the Penn State record for 200-yard passing games in a season with 11 in 2016 to equal the mark set by Matt McGloin in 2012...Became just the fourth Penn State quarterback to lead his team to 10 wins (11-3) in his first year as the starting quarterback, joining Daryll Clark in 2008 (11-2), Tom Shuman in 1973 (12-0) and Chuck Burkhart in 1968 (11-0)...Broke the sophomore season passing record previously held by Christian Hackenberg (2,977; 2014) with 3,614 passing yards.

Game: Became just the third Penn State quarterback to register more than 400 yards of total offense in a game, logging 408 total offense yards (335 passing, 73 rushing) vs. Minnesota (10/1)...Set Big Ten Championship Game records for passing yards (384) and passing touchdowns (4).

2016 Sophomore Season
Awards: Named to the Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Earned Grange-Griffin Most Valuable Player award as MVP of the Big Ten Championship Game...Selected All-Big Ten second team by the conference coaches & media panel...First Penn State quarterback to earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors since Daryll Clark (first team) in 2009...Named to Phil Steele’s and the Athlon Sports All-Big Ten second team...Earned Big Ten Breakout Player distinction from Athlon Sports...Named honorable mention Campus Insiders Sophomore All-America...Named Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team...Earned All-ECAC honorable mention honors...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing vs. Maryland (10/8)...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing at Rutgers (11/19)...Was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week, earned a Helmet Sticker from ESPN’s "College Football Final" and was one of eight quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Stars of the Week list following his effort vs. Michigan State (11/26)...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career...Named Most Valuable Offensive Player at the annual Nittany Lion Football Banquet.

Season: Started all 14 games...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...Is the first Penn State quarterback with three-straight games throwing four touchdown passes since Todd Blackledge in 1982 (vs. Temple, Maryland and Rutgers)...Threw TD passes to 10 different receivers, marking the first time since 1971 a Penn State quarterback found 10-plus pass catchers for scores...His seven rushing touchdowns were the most by a Penn State quarterback since Daryll Clark had seven in 2009...His 365 rushing yards in 2016 were the most by a Penn State quarterback since Michael Robinson (806 yards) in 2005.

Final Rankings: Led all FBS passers in yards per completion (16.13 ypc)...Paced the Big Ten and was No. 13 in the FBS in passing efficiency (156.9)...No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 25 nationally in total offense (284.2 ypg)...Finished atop the Big Ten and No. 18 in the FBS with 29 passing touchdowns...Led the Big Ten and No. 13 in the FBS in total passing yards (3,614)...No. 29 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (258.1)...No. 6 in the FBS and No. 1 in the Big Ten in yards per pass attempt (9.34 ypa)...Had seven games with a passing and rushing touchdown in 2016, ranked second nationally to Lamar Jackson of Louisville (9).

Kent State (9/3): Made his first collegiate start...Recorded his first career 200-yard passing game...Completed 16-of-31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns...Ran the ball 14 times for 47 yards...Connected with DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki on touchdown passes. at Pitt (9/10): Recorded his first career 300-yard passing game with 332 yards - a total that ranks No. 16 on Penn State’s single-game passing charts...Became just the 12th quarterback in Penn State history to register a 300-yard passing game and accounted for the 30th 300-yard game in Penn State history...Was 24-of-35 passing...Connected with Saquon Barkley on a 40-yard touchdown pass, his only scoring throw of the game...Had 17 completions of 10-plus yards, including seven of 20-plus yards...Completed passes to eight different pass catchers in the game...Rushed nine times, including a scamper of 17 yards. Temple (9/17): Recorded his third 200-yard passing game with 287 yards on 18-of 24 passing...Hooked up on 52-yard scoring strike pass to Chris Godwin in the first quarter...Later completed a 52-yard strike to Mike Gesicki in the third quarter...Netted his first career rushing touchdown with a 2-yard scamper in the second quarter...Had nine rushes for eight yards. at Michigan (9/24): Completed 16-of-27 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown...Completed a long pass of 30 yards to Saquon Barkley. Minnesota (10/1): Completed 19 passes on a career-high 41 attempts for 335 yards...Passing total marks the second 300-yard passing game of his career and the 335 passing yards are No. 15 in a single-game in Penn State history...Accounted for 408 yards of total offense -- 335 passing and 73 rushing -- to mark the third-highest total in school history, the most since Christian Hackenberg posted a school-record 454 yards against UCF in the 2014 Croke Park Classic vs. UCF...The 80-yard touchdown completion to Irvin Charles is a career long...Led the team with 73 rushing yards on only eight attempts...Was the first Penn State quarterback to lead the team in rushing since Michael Robinson (90 yards, 1 TD) at Michigan State on Nov. 19, 2005...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Maryland (10/8): Threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-19 passing...Connected with Mike Gesicki on a 5-yard touchdown pass on Penn State first drive of the game and later found DeAndre Thompkins for a 70-yard scoring strike...Rushed 18 times for a career-high 81 yards...His 81 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback since Daryll Clark had 83 against Illinois in 2009. Ohio State (10/22): Completed 8-of-23 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown...Rushed a career-high 19 times for 63 yards and one touchdown. at Purdue (10/29): Threw three touchdown passes on 12-of-23 passing for 228 yards...Threw scoring strikes of 38, 21 and 1 yards...Ran five times for two yards. Iowa (11/5): Completed 11-of-18 passes for 240 yards...Compiled his sixth career 200-yard passing game...Rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries and one rushing touchdown...Logged his fourth career game with a rushing and passing touchdown. at Indiana (11/12): Accounted for 345 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the game...Completed 16-of-30 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns...Completed eight passes longer than 20 yards in the game...Carried the ball eight times for 13 yards and one score. at Rutgers (11/19): Posted his eighth 200-yard passing game of the season with 210 yards through the air on 17-of-33 passing...Connected with Mark Allen on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass of 27 yards...Carried the ball 11 times for 55 yards. Michigan State (11/29): Completed 17-of-23 for 376 yards and a career-high four touchdowns...Rushed for 13 yards on 10 carries...The 376 passing yards rank No. 6 on the single-game charts...His 389 yards of total offense rank tied for No. 5 in a single-game at Penn State...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Set a Big Ten Championship Game record with career-best 384 passing yards and a career-high-tying four touchdown passes...The 384 yards rank No. 4 on Penn State’s single-game list...Completed 22-of-31 passes in the game...His 70-yard completion to Saeed Blacknall is the third-longest pass play in Big Ten Championship Game history...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Co-Player of the Week with Saeed Blacknall. vs. USC (1/2): Completed 18-of-29 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns...The four touchdown passes tied a career high and equaled the Penn State bowl game record, also accomplished by Tony Sacca (1992 Fiesta), Wally Richardson (1996 Outback) and Christian Hackenberg (2014 Pinstripe)...The 254 yards passing rank No. 3 in Penn State single-game bowl history...Rushed for 13 yards on six carries with one touchdown...Rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter...The five touchdowns responsible for (4 passing, 1 rushing) are tied for the most in Rose Bowl history and break the Penn State bowl record.

2015 Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten.

Season: Appeared in seven games...Made his collegiate debut vs. Rutgers...Threw his first career touchdown pass to Geno Lewis in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Georgia (1/2)...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action.
ndiana (10/10): Attempted his first career pass – a 4-yard completion to Gregg Garrity...Rushed once for a 5-yard gain. vs. Maryland (10/24): Played one snap. Illinois (10/31): Threw three passes (0-for-3) and ran the ball three times for 15 yards. Michigan (11/21): Attempted one pass. at Michigan State (11/28): Completed 5-of-8 passes for 39 yards. vs. Georgia (1/2): Saw his first career extended action after Christian Hackenberg left the game in the second quarter due to injury...Completed 14-of-27 passes for 142 yards and two touchdown passes...Connected with Geno Lewis on a 17-yard touchdown pass for his first career scoring strike...Hooked up with DaeSean Hamilton for a 20-yard touchdown pass...Found Chris Godwin on a 21-yard completion, for his longest completion of the season...Ran for 31 yards on seven carries...Selected as Penn State’s TaxSlayer Bowl MVP.

2014 True Freshman Season
Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2014 fall semester.

High School
A rare four-year starter at quarterback, helped coach Charlie Pierce’s Briar Woods High School team to four Virginia State Championship games, winning three times...Led the Falcons to a 55-5 record, amassing more than 12,000 yards of total offense and 150 career touchdowns...Made nearly 100 tackles and eight interceptions during his junior and senior seasons...Served as a team captain as a junior and senior...Owns almost all of his school’s passing records and grabbed nine career interceptions...As a senior, named Virginia Class 5A first-team all-state, All-Northern Region and All-Potomac District at quarterback and defensive back...Named the Northern Virginia Region and Potomac District Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,252 yards and 36 scores and adding 892 rushing yards and 13 TDs...Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl after his senior season...Junior season featured a 15-0 record, a third consecutive state title and the Virginia Division 4 Class 5A Player of the Year honor...Threw for 2,605 yards and 33 touchdowns and ran for 745 yards and nine scores as a junior...Other honors in his junior season included first-team and Region II Player of the Year, first-team All-Dulles District at quarterback and second-team all-district at defensive back...Sophomore season was capped by a state title (14-1), 2,064 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 264 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs...As a freshman, guided the Falcons to a 13-2 record and a state title...He threw for 2,201 yards with 19 scores and ran for 165 yards and six scores...Played with current Nittany Lion wideout Brandon Polk at Briar Woods...Rated a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services...Was a Top 25 recruit out of the state of Virginia according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports...Lettered in basketball and lacrosse.

Full name is Richard Thomas McSorley III...Son of Rick and Andrea McSorley...Has one younger sister, Micaela...Father played football at the University of Richmond and an uncle, Jeff McSorley, played football at Marshall University...Enjoys playing organized and pick-up sports and video games...Majoring in accounting...Born August 23, 1995 in Centreville, Virginia.


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