There’s no doubting Trace McSorley’s toughness. The Penn State QB came in for the injured Christian Hackenberg and almost rallied the Nittany Lions against Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
But if McSorley does win the starting job over Tommy Stevens, PennLive.com‘s David Jones projects McSorley would be the second-smallest Power Five starting QB. Penn State lists McSorley at 6-0, 201.
That’s doesn’t doom McSorley to failure, however. As Jones notes, two of the most well-known and successful Big Ten QBs were Russell Wilson (5-11, 201) and Drew Brees (6-1, 220). Not only did those two QBs win big in college, but both also won the Super Bowl.
Still, only Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas, at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, is a smaller Power Five starting QB — and he runs the triple option.
McSorley has to run for Penn State’s offense to reach its full potential — and for coach James Franklin to get to see the offense he always wanted with the Nittany Lions. McSorley isn’t afraid of tough plays, but he’ll need to slide to stay healthy, assuming Penn State calls designed runs for him.