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Trace McSorley Named No. 5 In Way-Too-Early 2017 Heisman Watch List

Trace McSorley was named to NFL.com’s list of the top 10 Heisman candidates for 2017 today (the day before the 2016 Heisman is announced). The redshirt sophomore came in at No. 5, surpassing quarterbacks Jake Browning of Washington and Jalen Hurts of Alabama among other standouts.

“The sophomore passer took a lot of shots from Wisconsin’s defense early in the Big Ten Championship Game, but he returned fire with big throws downfield, leading the team to a comeback victory” NFL.com said. The ranking also cites McSorley’s efforts in helping Penn State return to national prominence.

“If McSorley follows that tough, efficient performance with another one in the Rose Bowl, even running back Saquon Barkley (who deserves Heisman mention himself) will be advertising his quarterback as a contender for the award.”

McSorley set school records for passing yardage, passing touchdowns, total offense, and total touchdowns in this season alone. He is No. 14 nationally in passing yards and No. 1 in yards per completion. He may very well become one of Penn State’s most decorated quarterbacks, which gives credit to this slightly premature ranking.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation is tomorrow, December 10 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Here’s NFL.com’s full ranking of the top 10 Heisman candidates for 2017:

  1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  2. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  4. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
  5. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
  6. Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
  7. Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
  8. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  9. Shane Buechele, QB, Texas
  10. Jake Browning, QB, Washington

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Alex Bauer

Alex graduated in Spring 2018 with a degree in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and minors in Finance and Psychology. He was a first generation Penn Stater from Cheshire, Connecticut along with his two sisters. His favorite things are dogs, coffee, and dogs that shoot hot jets of coffee out of their mouths.

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