In the Big Ten alone, quarterback is a fruitful position.
There’s Alex Hornibrook at Wisconsin, Brian Lewerke at Michigan State and Clayton Thorson at Northwestern. Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson has been declared immediately eligible at Michigan, which means the Wolverines could have an elite option behind center, too.
Then there’s Penn State QB Trace McSorley, who, according to USA Today, is better than all of them — and the rest of the quarterbacks in college football, for that matter. In ranking the best 10 quarterbacks in the sport, college football writer Paul Myerberg has McSorley at the top.
Here’s Myerberg‘s description of the Nittany Lions’ senior:
“McSorley will get his chance to shine as a solo artist without Saquon Barkley owning the spotlight in Penn State’s quarterback-friendly scheme. He’ll respond well to the challenge. Much like Baker Mayfield, McSorley combines top-level awareness, underrated athleticism and an impeccable grasp of his team’s offense in an undersized package. But also like Mayfield, he possesses a drive you can’t measure in yards, touchdowns or inches.”
McSorley, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors the last two seasons, will be without All-America running back Saquon Barkley next season but will benefit from being out of Barkley’s shadow. Last year, McSorley completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 3,228 yards and 26 touchdowns compared to 8 interceptions. He capped his junior campaign by winning Fiesta Bowl MVP honors, thanks to a 32-for-41 passing performance, 342 yards and a pair of scores as the Nittany Lions beat Washington, 35-28.
No other Big Ten quarterback cracked the top 10, but both Hornibrook and Thorson were listed under “FIVE JUST OFF THE LIST.”