NBC’s announcers during Wednesday’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers got faked out during the second quarter.
As the game returned from a commercial, NBC play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico suggested that Trace McSorley would be entering the game to play quarterback for the Ravens.
“I think we’re going to see a quarterback change here for Baltimore,” Tirico said. “Robert Griffin III struggling through those early five possessions, and Trace McSorley warming up during the break.”
Tirico noted that Griffin, the starter, was huddled up on the bench with a coat on, while McSorley was warming up. But when the offense ran onto the field, Griffin was leading the way.
“Threw a hard curve!” Tirico joked.
McSorley was a sixth-round pick by the Ravens out of Penn State, where he was known for his dual-threat abilities. He was activated by the Ravens for the game due to Lamar Jackson being out with COVID-19.
Entering Wednesday, McSorley appeared in one game and had one rush for one yard.
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Football fans are often familiar with the players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, and even some of the players taken in the next few rounds during the second day of the draft. But on the third day, rounds 4-7 take place, and many of these players are unknown to fans. But there are some players with whom you are probably familiar. We’ll share with you where some of these notable players ended up.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford (Redskins, 4th round)
Bryce Love is familiar to many fans for his exploits at Stanford in college. He truly broke out as a junior in 2017, rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, while finishing second in Heisman Trophy voting that year. He surprisingly decided to return to school for his senior season even though many did not think his draft stock could get higher. He was far less productive in 2018 as he battled injuries. Then as a capper to some bad luck, he tore his ACL in Stanford’s final game, which gave NFL teams pause. Between Derrius Guice and Love, Washington will now have two running backs returning from a torn ACL.
Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley is not compromising on his desire and expectation to be a quarterback at the NFL level.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Legwold, McSorley was asked to work out on Monday as a defensive back at the NFL Combine, but declined to focus on working as a quarterback.
Recall that last year there was some speculation over another quarterback switching positions. In the end, he didn’t, and it paid off for him, which McSorley will be well aware of. That said, McSorley is in an entirely different class, and is rated by most prognosticators as a day three pick entering the Combine, making his road a long one.
Trace McSorley suffered a serious injury during the final game of his Penn State career on Tuesday, but it did not stop him from coming back into the game.
McSorley left in the second half of the Citrus Bowl against Kentucky after injuring his foot, and Penn State quickly announced that he had a broken foot and would not return.
Part of that report from the school may have been true, but McSorley was not out for the game. He ended up coming back in and playing despite the injury. Unfortunately, he threw an interception on his first drive back with the Nittany Lions already trailing 20-7.
In an era where it has become common for star players to skip bowl games to “prepare” for the NFL Draft, you have to admire McSorley’s willingness to play hurt. The senior is projected to be taken somewhere near the middle or end of the draft this year, and teams will likely be impressed by the toughness he showed in his last game with Penn State.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury during Saturday’s game against Iowa.
McSorley was sacked during the second quarter and remained down on the field, grabbing his right leg. He eventually had to hobble off the field with help.
The injury didn’t look great, but it wasn’t immediately clear how severe it was or how long it would keep him sidelined, if at all. He was on the stationary bike between drives, which is likely a good sign.
McSorley entered Saturday’s game with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. His numbers haven’t been quite as good this year as they were in 2017, in part because his teammates have let him down at times.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley entered 2018 as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy, but he is on pace for his worst statistical season in his three years as a starter. If his wide receivers started catching some passes, that might all change.
According to advanced stats put together by Pro Football Focus, McSorley has had his passes dropped more frequently this season than any quarterback in the country. The 17 drops on catchable balls thrown by McSorley are tied for the most in the nation among Power-5 teams and fourth-most among all teams. Skill players have dropped 12.4 percent of the catchable passes thrown by McSorley, which is the highest rate among Power-5 quarterbacks with at least 65 pass attempts.
McSorley is completing just 52.9 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,049 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions on the year. PFF determined that he has missed out on 270 passing yards if you factor in dropped passes, and his adjusted completion percentage is 71.8 percent when accounting for drops, throwaways, spiked balls, passes thrown as he was being hit and batted balls.
Of course, you can look at the numbers any way you want. Every quarterback would have significantly better numbers if you adjusted for all those factors, but dropped passes come back to haunt teams in close games. If Penn State wants to keep its playoff hopes alive, there will have to be improvement in that area going forward.
Penn State’s fourth-down call in the final two minutes of their 27-26 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night has been roundly criticized, but the team’s star quarterback is standing behind it.
Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley, who had a monster game, said that he agreed with the playcall and that he saw the same thing offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne saw. The difference in succeeding and not succeeding, in McSorley’s eyes, was the execution. Ohio State just beat the offensive line with their twist up front. Had the twist been picked up, they think the play would have worked.
Maybe the call would have worked in theory, but they obviously miscalculated the line’s ability to block the Buckeyes. And it sure seemed like Ohio State knew what was coming, which makes it a bad call.
Few will forgive Penn State for not putting the ball in the hands of McSorley for the most important play in the game after he continually delivered for them throughout the night. Even head coach James Franklin acknowledged it was a bad call.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.
After a season in which five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s time for a new generation of signal-callers to emerge at the college level. There are a lot of rising stars who deserve attention, as well as some established veterans poised to take their place atop the rankings of collegiate quarterbacks.
Here are the 15 best quarterbacks in college football today.
15) Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech
After a freshman season that saw Jackson throw 20 touchdowns and nearly hit 3,000 yards, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of room for growth for the sophomore. He’s a dual threat, as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns, and he’s already been successful at the collegiate level. There’s no reason to think he won’t take another step forward in 2018, which could firmly establish him on the national scene.
Though we’re still months away from the start of the 2018 college football season, spring games and practices are a nice reminder that it’s not too early to begin considering who could contend for the Heisman Trophy. There will be no repeat winner with Baker Mayfield headed to the NFL, and the field looks to be wide open with no clear favorite — and a lot of young upstarts who could potentially vie for the famous trophy.
Here are ten leading candidates. It could be a very good year for running backs.
1) Bryce Love, Stanford
The 2017 runner-up could well end up taking the prize in 2018. He finished second in the nation with 2,118 rushing yards, plus 19 touchdowns. He surprised some by deciding against entering the NFL Draft, but the decision made him a favorite for next year’s Heisman. Stanford returns most of its offense. The big concern for Love is whether he’ll remain healthy considering he battled an ankle injury all season last year. If so, that could result in a huge season for the Cardinal star.