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Grant Haley To Serve As Honorary Team Captain Against Iowa

Update, 4:45 p.m.

Trace McSorley, who was originally scheduled to be one of Penn State football’s honorary captains against Iowa alongside Grant Haley, is now unable to attend the game.

Instead, McSorley will meet with an NFL team, according to an Instagram post from The Family Clothesline.

“Attention Happy Valley: We wanted to update you on the autograph session scheduled for tomorrow, September 23,” the post read. “Trace McSorley received a last minute call to meet with an NFL team. While we are disappointed he won’t be in Happy Valley for White Out Weekend, we are wishing him the best of luck!”

McSorley was scheduled for an autograph session from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 23, at The Family Clothesline. The Instagram post noted the store will try to make up for McSorley’s last-minute cancelation.

“It’s unfortunate that we will not be able to have Trace meet you all, but this is a great opportunity for him so we are showing our best support,” the post read. “Stay tuned, as we are working on giving our customers something special in Trace’s absence!”

Original Story:

Penn State lettermen Trace McSorley and Grant Haley will serve as Penn State’s honorary captains for Saturday’s White Out against Iowa, James Franklin announced Tuesday.

McSorley played four seasons in Happy Valley from 2015 to 2018, starting at quarterback for three of them. The Ashburn, Virginia, native threw 9,899 passing yards and 77 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,697 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns during his collegiate career.

The Baltimore Ravens selected McSorley with the No. 197 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, where he spent two seasons. Baltimore released McSorley before the 2021 season, and he didn’t play again until 2022 when he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.

McSorley is currently a free agent. He’s thrown for 502 yards, one touchdown, five interceptions, and a 51.6 completion percentage throughout his time in the NFL.

Haley, a cornerback, also spent four seasons at Penn State from 2014 to 2017. The Atlanta native made 139 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, and a pick six in his time as a Nittany Lion. Haley’s most memorable moment was when he returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown to seal Penn State’s win against Ohio State in the 2016 White Out.

After his collegiate career, Haley signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2018, where he spent two seasons. He played one game in 2020 with the New Orleans Saints, then spent the next two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, winning a Super Bowl in the 2021-22 season.

Like McSorley, Haley is currently a free agent. He has 94 total tackles and one interception in the NFL.

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