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Junior quarterback among 11 finalists for award given to nation’s top quarterback
Barkley and Gesicki claim first team honors, while McSorley and Hamilton earn second team accolades
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NCAA: Ranks No. 11 among active FBS passers in passing efficiency (153.06)...Is No. 16 on the total touchdowns responsible for (72) list among active FBS players, which is No. 2 in the Big Ten behind J.T. Barrett of Ohio State...Sits No. 22 on the active completion percentage list (60.8)...Ranks tied for No. 22 among active passers in touchdown passes (55), which is No. 2 in the Big Ten behind J.T. Barrett of Ohio State...Sits No. 25 nationally in total offense (7,593) among active student-athletes...Is No. 26 among active passers in passing yards (6,790).
Career: Is the only quarterback in Penn State history with 50-plus touchdown passes, topping the all-time ledger with 55 scoring tosses, besting Christian Hackenberg's (2013-15) previous mark of 48...Is the only Penn State quarterback with multiple 80-yard completions in a career...His 72 touchdowns responsible for are the most in Penn State history, passing Daryll Clark's (65; 2006-09) career total...Joins Clark as the only two players in Penn State history with 60-plus touchdowns responsible for...One of four Penn State passers to eclipse the 6,000-yard mark for a career and is one of nine to top the 5,000-yard plateau...Ranks No. 3 on Penn State's all-time passing yardage list (6,790), chasing Zack Mills (7,212) for the No. 2 spot...Is No. 3 all-time on Penn State's total offense list (7,593), behind Zack Mills (7,796; 2001-04) for No. 2 all-time...Became the third player in school history to 7,000 total offense yards, the fifth player to top the 6,000-yard mark and is 1-of-10 to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark...Registered his school-record fourth career game with four-or-more touchdown passes vs. Georgia State on Sept. 16, 2017, breaking a tie with Todd Blackledge and Hackenberg, who each had three such games in their career...One of five quarterbacks in Penn State history with multiple 300-yard passing games in a career, joining Hackenberg (9), McGloin (6), Kerry Collins (4) and Clark (3)...His nine 300-yard passing games are tied for No. 1 on the Penn State career charts with Hackenberg...Owns 20 200-yard passing games to rank No. 2 on the career ledger, just one shy of Hackenberg's career record...Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 26-straight games, dating back to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his Penn State record, which was previously held by Collins at 14-straight games from 1993-94...Owns 15 career games with both a rushing and passing touchdown (seven in 2016, eight in 2017)...Has 17 career games with multiple passing touchdowns (one in 2015, eight in 2016, eight in 2017)...Is No. 4 on Penn State's career completions list (474), trailing McGloin (513; 2009-12) for No. 3...Became the first Penn State quarterback with three consecutive games scoring both a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown since 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) in 2016. 2017:: Currently sits No. 2 on Penn State's touchdowns responsible for list with 34, trailing only his 36 touchdowns from 2016...His 24 passing touchdowns are tied for No. 2 in Penn State season history, behind his 29 scoring tosses in 2016...Sits No. 2 on Penn State's single season total offense list at 3,386 yards, behind only his 3,979 from 2016...Ranks No. 4 in single season passing yardage with a junior record 2,991, passing Daryll Clark's 2,592 yards in 2008...Sits No. 6 on the single season charts for completions (230)...Teamed with Saquon Barkley (14) as the third set of Penn Staters with 10-plus rushing touchdowns in a single season, joining Royster (12) and Daryll Clark (10) in 2008 and Charlie Pittman (10) and Mitchell (10) in 1969. 2016:: Finished 2016 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 in 2016 (Kerry Collins, 172.86; 1994)...His 9.34 yards per pass attempt in 2016 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 (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 the first Penn State quarterback with three rushing touchdowns in a game since at least 1967 vs. Michigan (10/21/17)...Completed 15-straight pass attempts at Northwestern (10/7/17) to break the Penn State record for consecutive completions, which was 14-straight completions by Kerry Collins at Minnesota in 1994...Set the school record for passing yards in a first half with 258 yards vs. Georgia State (9/16/17)...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 (10/1/16)...Set Big Ten Championship Game records for passing yards (384) and passing touchdowns (4) vs. Wisconsin (12/3/16)...His 384 yards vs. the Badgers rank No. 4 in Penn State history...Threw for junior single-game-record 381 yards at Michigan State, a total that sits No. 5 on Penn State's single game list, surpassing Kerry Collins 352 yards at Michigan State in 1993.
➤ 2017 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Named as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award...Selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award...Earned the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week and the Manning Award's National Quarterback of the Week on Oct. 23 after accounting for four touchdowns - including three rushing scores - vs. Michigan...Selected Big Ten Rose Bowl Player of the Week and a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 23 after his effort vs. Michigan...Named one of 20 quarterbacks remaining on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list on Oct. 11...Selected to the preseason watch list for the Manning Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Walter Camp Award and Wuerffel Trophy...Among 10 players named to the Big Ten preseason honors list, as selected by the conference’s media members, joining teammate Saquon Barkley.
Season: Started 11 games...Selected team captain prior to the season...Rushed for a touchdown in four-straight games from Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 2017, the longest streak by a quarterback since Daryll Clark did so in five consecutive games in 2008...Is the first Penn State quarterback with a rushing score and a passing touchdown in four consecutive games, a streak that ran from Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 2017...Had a streak of five-straight games with multiple touchdown passes dating back to 2016 snapped at Iowa (9/23)...Has a streak of 26-straight games with a touchdown pass, which is a Penn State record and the second-longest active streak in the FBS (Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma).
Rankings: Sits No. 12 nationally and No. 2 the Big Ten in points responsible for per game (18.5)...Is No. 13 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten in total offense (307.8 ypg)...Ranks No. 14 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (154.2)...Sits No. 15 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing touchdowns (24)...Ranks No. 16 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in completion percentage (65.2)...Ranks No. 17 in the FBS and No. 2 in the Big Ten in yards per pass attempt (8.47)...Is No. 22 nationally and leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (271.9)...Is No. 24 in the FBS and No. 2 in the Big Ten in completions per game (20.91)...Sits No. 31 in the FBS and No. 3 in the Big Ten in yards per pass completion (13.0)...Ranks tied for No. 38 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (10)...Ranks tied No. 52 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in total touchdowns (10).
Akron (9/2): Completed 18-of-25 passes for 280 yards and two touchdown passes...Posted his 12th career 200-yard passing game...Was not sacked in the game...Rushed 12 times for 48 yards and one score...Completed a long pass of 43 yards to Saquon Barkley. Pittsburgh (9/9): Threw for 164 yards and three touchdown passes...Completed 15-of-28 passes...Rushed eight times for 65 yards, including a career-long scamper of 36 yards. Georgia State (9/16): Completed 18-of-23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdown passes...Rushed for 24 yards on two carries, including an 8-yard touchdown run late in the first half...Threw touchdown passes to four different pass catchers, including one to fellow quarterback Tommy Stevens to open the scoring...Completed a career-long 85-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley, which is the third-longest pass play in school history and the longest pass by a Penn Stater in Beaver Stadium history...Named the coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Week. at Iowa (9/23): Threw a touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson as time expired to cap a come-from-behind win, the first walk off win in regulation for Penn State since 1929 vs. Lafayette (per Lou Prato's Penn State Football Encyclopedia)...Accounted for 345 yards of total offense...Completed 31-of-48 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown...His 31 completions are the most since Christian Hackenberg had 34 vs. Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl...Connected with eight different pass catchers on the night...Rushed 17 times for 61 yards. Indiana (9/30): Posted his seventh career 300-yard passing game with 315 yards through the air...Completed 23-of-36 passes with two touchdown throws and one interception...Had one rushing score in the game. at Northwestern (10/7): Completed 25-of-34 passes, including a school-record streak of 15 passes between the first and third quarters, surpassing Kerry Collins' 14-straight completions vs. Minnesota in 1994...Compiled 245 passing yards...Connected with Tommy Stevens on a second-quarter touchdown pass...Also ran one in from 5 yards out in the fourth quarter...Garnered the coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Week award. Michigan (10/21): Became the first Penn State quarterback with three rushing scores since at least 1967...Accounted for four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing)...Completed 17-of-26 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown...Connected with Saquon Barkley on a 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter...Rushed 11 times for 76 yards and three scores...Made his first career tackle...Named the coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State: Completed 17-of-29 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns...Connected with DaeSean Hamilton for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter...Hit DeAndre Thompkins for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, a play that was initially ruled an interception, but was overturned upon review of the play...Rushed 13 times for 49 yards and one touchdown...Scampered in from 6 yards out for a rushing score in the second quarter. at Michigan State (11/4): Completed 26-of-47 passes to set the Penn State junior single game passing record at 381 yards...His passing yardage total ranks No. 5 on the Penn State single game charts and are the second-most in his career (384 vs. Wisconsin; 2016)...Threw three touchdown passes and was intercepted three times...Connected on touchdown passes of 31, 27 and 70 yards...Rushed seven times for 2 yards...Totaled 383 yards of total offense to rank No. 7 on the single game charts. Rutgers (11/11): Accounted for three touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing)...Threw for 214 yards on 16-of-21 passing...Rushed 13 times for 44 yards. Nebraska (11/18): Accounted for four touchdowns...Threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing...Rushed nine times for 46 yards and one touchdown...Totaled 371 yards of total offense to rank No. 8 on the single game charts.
➤ 2016 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Named to the ESPN.com 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.