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Trace McSorley Named Penn State’s Starting Quarterback

James Franklin broke the news everyone’s wanted to know since January on Wednesday. Redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley is now officially his starting quarterback.

McSorley learned what it takes to be the face of Penn State’s program while waiting in the wings behind Christian Hackenberg the past two seasons, which undoubtedly made a difference in Franklin’s eventual decision. Redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens did close the gap over the course of the summer, though, according to Franklin.

“I know a lot of people thought that that decision was made during spring ball; it wasn’t,” Franklin said. “We’ve got two quarterbacks that we’ve got a lot of confidence in, but Trace McSorley has earned the job and we’re excited about what he brings to our offense.”

Franklin noted that McSorley won’t have to worry about looking over his shoulder this fall, as he prefers to go with a one-quarterback system. That being said, Stevens will have the chance to gain valuable reps late in games should the opportunity arise.

“You’ve been able to see it already; you’re not projecting as much. It’s how he went about meetings, it’s about practice, it wasn’t one thing,” Franklin said. “Because the statistics were so close, it really ended up being a gut decision.”

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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