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Report: Former Penn State Football Quarterback Trace McSorley Released From Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Squad

Former Penn State football quarterback Trace McSorley has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers from their practice squad, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday. McSorley has now been released by five separate NFL teams.

McSorley played for the Nittany Lions from 2015-2018, starting at quarterback each year after 2015. He finished his collegiate career with 9,899 passing yards, 77 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions while rushing for 1,697 yards and 30 touchdowns. McSorley’s passing yards and touchdowns total rank second-most in program history behind only the Green Bay Packers’ Sean Clifford.

After the 2018 season, the Baltimore Ravens drafted McSorley with the No. 197 overall pick, and McSorley spent two seasons backing up Lamar Jackson. McSorley threw for 90 yards, one touchdown, and a 30% completion rate over three appearances with the Ravens, who waived him in 2021.

McSorley then moved to Phoenix, when the Arizona Cardinals signed him in 2022. He appeared in six games for Arizona and finished with 412 passing yards, five interceptions, no touchdowns, and a 54.22% completion rate.

The Patriots signed McSorley during the 2023 preseason but waived him in August. The Steelers brought McSorley on board for their practice squad in December but cut him before their playoff appearance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and an associate editor at Onward State. He covers Penn State football and enjoys yelling on Twitter about Philadelphia/Penn State sports. He also listens to Mac Miller more than you. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. Please send all positive affirmations and/or hate mail toward him on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email ([email protected]).

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