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Trace McSorley Featured In NBC Sports Washington’s ‘I Am The Prospect’

Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has been the subject of plenty of pre-NFL Draft content over the past few months. Most recently, the Nittany Lion legend was featured in NBC Sports Washington’s “I Am The Prospect.”

The series profiled several NFL Draft prospects connected to the Washington D.C. area, making the Ashburn, Virginia native the perfect subject.

The eight-minute video features interviews with McSorley himself, Penn State head coach James Franklin, and his father Rick McSorley, among others. The feature opens with a discussion of McSorley’s youth football days in Ashburn and his progression as a standout athlete.

After committing to Franklin at Vanderbilt, McSorley followed his coach to State College when he took over at Penn State in 2014.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Franklin said. “The way he handled success, the way he handled adversity, always with class. I think in a lot of ways the adversity he went through this year will help him in the long run.”

McSorley entered the 2016 season as Penn State’s starting quarterback after showing flashes of his potential during the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl as a redshirt freshman. That year, he threw for 3,614 yards and 29 touchdowns and led the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl appearance.

Penn State fans will always remember McSorley’s unbelievable performance in the conference championship game, including his touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley that gave the Nittany Lions the lead in the fourth quarter. The pass will go down as one of McSorley’s standout plays during his time at Penn State.

Despite holding Penn State records for wins, completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, among several other stats, there’s still doubt that McSorley will succeed at the next level. Citing his lack of size and possible issues with mechanics, some NFL teams asked McSorley to work out at safety. In the closing minutes of the feature, McSorley discussed why he declined to do so.

“I’m a quarterback. That’s where I’ve laid my groundwork,” McSorley said. “I’ve dedicated my life to this and I’m sticking to it. I’m going to be able to come out and be a successful quarterback at the next level.”

The beloved Nittany Lion now hopes to hear his name called at this year’s NFL Draft in Nashville, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday.

You can watch the entire ‘I Am The Prospect’ feature on McSorley on NBC Sport’s Washington’s website.

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Will Pegler

Will is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is Onward State's assistant sports editor. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]


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