Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley spent two seasons in the backfield with surefire top-10 2018 NFL Draft pick Saquon Barkley, so it’s safe to say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the uber-talented running back.
After practice on Wednesday, McSorley called Barkley “a quarterback’s best friend” and elaborated on why.
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McSorley was asked how much better Barkley makes a quarterback and responded with vigor.
“He’s a quarterback’s best friend,” McSorley said. “I can say that having played two years with him… Just what he can do. Nothing feels better than throwing a 5-yard pass and getting an 85-yard touchdown because of it. It’s the easiest 85 yards you’ll ever get in your life so, a having a guy like Saquon and how dynamic he is, I can attest it’s a quarterbacks best friend.”
In the two years that McSorley and Barkley played together, Barkley had 28 and 54 receptions for 402 and 632 yards and four and three touchdowns in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The quarterback also talked about Barkley in the draft and how he matches up against the plethora of quarterbacks slated to be taken early.
“I’m partial to Saquon because of the kind of athlete he is, the kind of person he is,” McSorley said. “You’re not going to find a better character guy, you’re not going to find a better athlete. If you’re one of the teams that needs a quarterback and you feel extremely high about one of these guys that you’re willing to risk losing a guy like Saquon, that’s kind of their perspective. Personally, I’m going to be biased to Saquon because I know the type of person he is, the type of player he can be.”