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Trace McSorley Fans ‘Stick Up For The Little Guy’ At Senior Bowl

Trace McSorley’s week at the Reese’s Senior Bowl began with him checking in as the showcase’s smallest quarterback after completing the initial physical evaluations Monday morning. McSorley’s official measures indicate the former Penn State quarterback stands at 6’0″ (and two-tenths), weighs 200 lbs., and owns a pair of 9 1/8″ hands.

Although the fact that McSorley even reaches six feet tall may come as a surprise to many, he and Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew are belittled in a draft class of quarterbacks that includes 6’7″ Tyree Jackson of Buffalo, 6’5″ Daniel Jones of Duke, 6’4″ Ryan Finley of NC State, and 6’4″ Drew Lock of Missouri.

McSorley has the second smallest hands at the bowl, ahead of only Lock’s 9″ measurement. In comparison, Minshew, the only other quarterback shorter than 6’2″, led all quarterbacks, including Jackson, with 10 1/4″ paws.

Hand size seems to be the most discussed way to assess a quarterback — to varying degrees of accuracy. The good new for McSorley is the two best young quarterbacks in the NFL, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes, have hands right on par with his. Goff’s are 9″, while Mahomes are 9 1/4″.

McSorley’s small measures triggered the most public debate about a person’s hand size since Marco Rubio said Donald Trump’s hands “are the size of someone who is 5′ 2″” during the 2016 primaries.

The doubters were in full force, citing McSorley’s inaccuracy as a result of his small stature and a reason he won’t succeed in the NFL. However, as they always seem to be at the drop of a hat (or Kliff Kingsbury comparison), Penn State fans were there to defend their quarterback and tout all the unquantifiable and completely non-subjective ways McSorley leads his draft class.

One metric they were able stand by proudly though might be most impressive of all: McSorley has the most wins of any quarterback at the Senior Bowl.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s managing editor, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a senior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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