Trace McSorley will be the face of Penn State’s program in 2018.
The senior lost the best backfield mate a quarterback could ask for in Saquon Barkley. He is also without the offensive coordinator that helped turn Penn State’s offense into one of the best in the country in Joe Moorhead. Still, McSorley is surrounded by plenty of talent on the Nittany Lions offense and a coaching staff that is putting its full faith in its signal-caller.
While previewing the 2018 season in an interview with Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports, Penn State coach James Franklin called McSorley’s return to the Nittany Lions “dramatic.”
“His return is dramatic,” Franklin said. “There’s so much confidence with him within our coaches, players, our organization, within this community and on this campus. I don’t think there’s any doubt about it, he’s a huge impact for us. Offensively, we have a lot of guys returning even though we’ve lost some big-time playmakers. We feel good about the guys who are coming back.”
In two seasons as Penn State’s starting quarterback, McSorley has thrown for 7,184 yards, 57 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while also scoring 18 touchdowns with his legs. McSorley enters the 2018 season as one of the nation’s top Heisman Trophy candidates and as a captain at Penn State.