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A Tale of Two Quarterbacks: McSorley and Browning Meet Again

As Penn State gets set to take on Washington in the Fiesta Bowl this Saturday, two quarterbacks—both juniors, get set to take center stage. For Penn State, this is the team’s chance to show the world that leaving the team out of the College Football Playoff last season in favor of the Huskies, was indeed a mistake.

Although McSorley and Browning will  never be on the field at the same time, the game may end up coming down to a battle between the two quarterbacks.

And this will not be the first time that the two signal callers have come face-to-face. In fact, they were even roommates at one point.

“We both did the Uplifting Athletes thing in Chicago. They actually had us rooming together, so we were roommates for that trip. We would hang out, got to know each other a little bit, check out Chicago,” McSorley said. “It was a good time, really enjoyed it from then on. We’ve been staying in touch a little bit.”

Except at the time that McSorley and Browning first met, Browning had just completed his first season as the Huskies’ starting quarterback, racking up 2955 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman.

McSorley, meanwhile, had backed up Christian Hackenberg all season and filled in for him during the TaxSlayer Bowl, but was in the midst of a heated position battle with Tommy Stevens.

Two years later, McSorley, who is the president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter, now has two stellar campaigns as the signal caller for the Nittany Lions under his belt. Browning has built off his freshman season, taking the Huskies to the College Football Playoff last season.

“You never really do know. At that point I hadn’t been named starting quarterback yet. He just finished up his first year,” McSorley said. “And these last two years they went to playoffs last year and now we’re playing each other in the Fiesta Bowl. To see where our teams have come the last two years, it’s pretty cool.”


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