In 2017, Penn State had an electric offense.
Averaging 41.1 points per game, even the word electric may be an understatement. The Nittany Lions had a number of impactful players a year ago and guys like Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton will be chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.
With such great players around quarterback Trace McSorley leaving, what will Penn State’s offense become? That question and how good the Nittany Lions will be in 2018 are surfacing and the returning senior QB is aware of the whispers around the program.
“Everyone’s saying we’re not going to be as good because we’re losing guys,” McSorley said after the team’s spring game on Saturday. “I think that is the challenge, being able to put that chip back on our shoulders as an offense.”
McSorley also knows that with the key departures, younger guys with less experience will have to step up.
“The formula right here, right now has been good,” McSorley said. “So being able to come in with that same work ethic, that same mentality, understanding that we’ve got some young guys that we need to bring up to speed and there’s going to be a lot of work put in to regain our chemistry across the board because of losing two guys, but no, not feeling any more pressure.”
All eyes will be on McSorley this fall and how he will lead the offense. But as he said, he’s not feeling any more pressure than he has in the past.
Penn State will begin its 2018 regular season on Sept. 1 against Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium.