Expectations for Penn State’s offense (and the team in general) will be sky-high in 2017. One ESPN analyst thinks the Nittany Lions can live up to it.
ESPN’s Brian Bennett wrote in his mailbag that Trace McSorley is the league’s top quarterback entering this fall, and that Penn State has the best offense in the Big Ten. He ranked Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett No. 2 and Michigan’s Wilton Speight No. 3.
Bennett did write that “Ohio State with Kevin Wilson pulling the levers is fascinating and dangerous.” Wilson, Indiana’s former head coach, parted ways with the school before joining Urban Meyer’s staff in January.
The Nittany Lions averaged 37.6 points per game in 2016, good for 21st in the nation, under first-year offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. Per Football Outsiders’ advanced metrics, they had the 17th-best offense in the country.
McSorley threw for 3,614 yards, 29 touchdowns and 8 interceptions as a sophomore in 2016.