Penn State football announced a trio of 2018 team captains on Saturday morning. Senior quarterback Trace McSorley, senior safety Nick Scott and junior punter Blake Gillikin were named the leaders of the Nittany Lions for the upcoming season.
Trace McSorley, Nick Scott and Blake Gillikin named Penn State captains
"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.” @coachjfranklin announces @McSorley_IX, @NittanyKidNick2 & @blakegillikin as 2018 Team Captains!#WeAre pic.twitter.com/eVjAsTExQ5
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) April 14, 2018
“Trace and Nick have earned the respect of their teammates after being selected by their peers as captain for a second-straight year,” coach James Franklin said in a statement. “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.”
McSorley is entering his third season as Penn State’s starting quarterback, and is the team’s most-recognizable player after the departure of Saquon Barkley. McSorley threw for 3,570 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a junior in 2017. He also had 491 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Scott is expected to move into a starting role at safety in 2018 after making 33 tackles and returning a fumble for a touchdown last season. Gillikin, meanwhile, is entering his third season as Penn State’s starting punter.
Penn State will host its Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 21.