After a meteoric rise to end last season, Trace McSorley could find himself on several Heisman watch lists before this upcoming campaign.
The dual-threat quarterback electrified Penn State’s offense with his playmaking ability in 2016, throwing for 3,614 yards and 29 touchdowns while adding another 365 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Bovada currently lists McSorley at +1400 to come away with the 2017 accolade, tied for the eighth-best odds in all of college football. Teammate Saquon Barkley and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett are the only bigger threats in the Big Ten to win the Heisman, per Bovada.
So how come the gunslinger has a reasonable shot to win college football’s top award in his second full season under center? FOX Sports via FanSided’s Collin Wieder lists five reasons why, including the Nittany Lions’ offensive system and returning skill players.
McSorley will aim to be the Big Ten’s first Heisman winner since Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.