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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Junior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) is among the 11 finalists for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, for the nation’s top quarterback.
Prior to the 2004 college football season, the Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates’ bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.
Trace McSorley, QB, Sr./Jr., 6-0, 195, Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods
- Selected as one of 11 finalists for the Manning Award.
- Named as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
- All-Big Ten second team selection by the coaches and media.
- Earns second-straight all-conference second team honor.
- Is the first Penn State quarterback to earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors in consecutive seasons since Daryll Clark (first team in 2008 and 2009).
- Has a streak of 27-straight games with a touchdown pass, which is a Penn State record and the second-longest active streak in the FBS (Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma).
- Sits No. 12 nationally and No. 2 the Big Ten in points responsible for per game (18.5).
- Is No. 14 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten in total offense (304.9 ypg).
- Ranks No. 18 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (153.6).
- Sits No. 15 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing touchdowns (26).
- Ranks No. 15 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in completion percentage (65.3).
- Is No. 21 nationally and leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (269.0).
- 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.
- His 72 touchdowns responsible for are the most in Penn State history, passing Daryll Clark's (65; 2006-09) career total.
- One of three Penn State passers to eclipse the 7,000-yard mark for a career.
- Owns 16 career games with both a rushing and passing touchdown (seven in 2016, nine in 2017).
- Has 18 career games with multiple passing touchdowns (one in 2015, eight in 2016, nine in 2017).
- Broke the Penn State's touchdowns responsible for list with 37, topping his own mark of 36 touchdowns from 2016.
- His 26 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 3,659 yards, behind only his 3,979 from 2016.
- Is the first player in program history with two 3,000-yard seasons and ranks No. 3 in single season passing yardage with a junior-record 3,228 yards.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
The Nittany Lions’ bowl destination will be announced Sunday, Dec. 3. Fans can visit GoPSUsports.com/bowlcentral to submit a request for tickets for the bowl. The ability to request tickets does not guarantee a Nittany Lion Club member will receive tickets from Penn State’s allotment.
Penn State season ticket renewals and Nittany Lion Club membership renewals also are underway for the 2018 Penn State Football season presented by PSECU. The ticket invoice and Nittany Lion Club renewal deadline is Feb. 1, 2018. For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing new 2018 season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.PSUnrivaled.com, call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Nearly 1,800 new season tickets have already been sold for the 2018 campaign.