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.
— New Account (@ftbeard_17) October 27, 2018
Trace McSorley is down and immediately grabbed his right leg. Not good.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 27, 2018
Iowa DE Anthony Nelson sacked McSorley, hit him low. McSorley is hobbling of the field pretty gingerly.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) October 27, 2018
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.
Trace riding the bike on sidelines with helmet off
— Bob Flounders (@BobbyFlo7) October 27, 2018
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.
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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.
Here's Trace McSorley's perspective on the final fourth-and-5 play, called by Ricky Rahne: pic.twitter.com/pmQaiYMkeP
— Derek Levarse (@TLdlevarse) September 30, 2018
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.
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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.
- Ahmmon Richards, Brandon Wimbush, Brett Rypien, Brian Lewerke, Bryce Love, Clelin Ferrell, Deondre Francois, Dwayne Haskins, Jake Browning, Jake Fromm, Jeffery Simmons, Jonathan Taylor, Josh Jackson QB, Justice Hill, Kam Martin, McKenzie Milton, Nick Brossette, Porter Gustin, Rodney Anderson, Sam Ehlinger, Shawn Robinson, Shea Patterson, Trace McSorley, Tua Tagovailoa, Will Grier
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.
College football is loaded with quality quarterbacks. Many will contend for the Heisman Trophy in 2017, including last year’s winner. A good team generally starts with a good quarterback, after all, so the position is of great importance.
Who are the nation’s best quarterbacks? Here is a list of ten who will dominate in the upcoming season.
10) Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Hurts ranks on this list despite not being the most polished passer in the world. He’s very much a work in progress, but to quarterback the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff final in one’s freshman season is no small thing. Alabama reached the title game because of him, too, not in spite of him; Hurts put together some strong performances.
Hurts threw 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 15 games, but he didn’t throw a pick in the SEC Championship or the CFP. He ended up throwing for 2,780 yards and rushing for another 954, making him a valuable dual-threat quarterback. He threw for a score and rushed for another in Alabama’s title game loss to Clemson — the only loss Hurts played in last season.
Hurts is on this list as much for what he will do as what he has done. Only a sophomore, he has a bright future ahead of him, and should be even better in 2017.
9) Josh Rosen, UCLA