After spring practice and before training camp, Trace McSorley had the advantage over Tommy Stevens in Penn State’s quarterback race.
Now, the gap has been closed, coach James Franklin told reporters Wednesday.
James Franklin says Tommy Stevens has made up ground in QB race, the better QB depends on practice.
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McSorley and Stevens are fighting to replace Christian Hackenberg, a 3-year starter who the Jets took in the second round of the NFL Draft. They’re both bigger threats with their legs than Hackenberg was.
McSorley is slightly more seasoned. He threw just 13 passes during the regular season in 2015, but stepped in for an injured Hackenberg during Penn State’s bowl game against Georgia, going 14 of 27 for 142 yards and 2 TDs. He added 31 yards rushing on 7 carries.
In the spring game, McSorley was 23 of 27 with 4 TDs. The redshirt sophomore was a 3-star, dual-threat QB in the class of 2014.
Stevens was a 3-star recruit out of Indianapolis and redshirted last season.
Franklin said he didn’t expect the quarterback battle to last all of training camp.