Trace McSorley
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Penn State versus Nebraska 2017
No. 7 – Baltimore Ravens
Personal information
Born: (1995-08-23) August 23, 1995 (age 25)
Ashburn, Virginia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
*3x Second-team All-Big Ten (2016, 2017, 2018)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Richard Thomas "Trace" McSorley III (born August 23, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State.[1]

McSorley holds numerous Penn State records including, most passing yards in a single season, most passing touchdowns in a single season, most total yards of offense all time and total touchdowns in a season.

Early years[edit | edit source]

McSorley attended Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia from 2010 to 2014. He played high school football and started as freshman. In his freshman year, he led the team to a 13–2 record and a state championship. Two seasons later in his junior year, he led the team to a 15–0 record and its third consecutive state title.[2] He was named First-team All-State by the Virginia Coaches Association and Virginia Preps. As a junior, he was awarded All-Dulles District First Team; Dulles District Offensive Player of the Year; and Second-team All-Region quarterback.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Trace McSorley
[[Ashburn, VA]] Briar Woods HS 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 212 lb (96 kg) 4.53  
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College career[edit | edit source]

2015 season[edit | edit source]

During McSorley's redshirt freshman year, he appeared in a total of six games, five of them when the game was in hand and McSorley was only in for a few plays.[3] In the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs, after then starter Christian Hackenberg went out with an injury, McSorley was brought in with Penn State down 24–3. He nearly led a comeback, finishing the game 14 for 27 with 142 yards and two touchdowns, but Penn State fell short 24–17.[4][5]

2016 season[edit | edit source]

With the early departure of quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who was drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens competed for the job. On McSorley's birthday, August 24, 2016, head coach James Franklin announced that McSorley would be the starter. In his first start on September 3, against the Kent State Golden Flashes, he went 16 of 31 for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 33–13 win.[6] In McSorley's second game, he threw for 332 yards and a score in a rivalry loss at Pitt.[7] Later in the season when the Nittany Lions played Minnesota, McSorley put up career high yardage numbers when he threw for 335 yards in a 29–26 OT win.[8]

On October 22, 2016, Penn State and McSorley played Big Ten rival Ohio State. McSorley struggled with accurately throwing the ball, completing 8 of 23 passes for 153 yards. However, he scored two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing, en route to a stunning upset of #2 Ohio State by unranked Penn State.[9] The win gave PSU a #24 ranking in the AP Poll, PSU's first ranking in the top 25 since the 2011 season.[10] The next week at Purdue, McSorley completed 12 of 23 passing for 228 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.[11] The Nittany Lions won in a 62–24 rout and cemented their place in the AP Top-25 with a #20 ranking.[12]

On November 1, 2016, Penn State was named #12 in the first official College Football Playoff rankings of the season.[13]

On November 26, against rival Michigan State, McSorley threw for a career-high 376 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He went 17 of 23 with a completion percentage of 73%, and led Penn State to the 45–12 win, earning a berth to the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin.[14][15] On November 30, 2016, McSorley was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.[16] With a third quarter completion to DaeSean Hamilton, McSorley broke the Penn State single-season record for passing yards. The sophomore started the night fourth on the single-season list, but passed Christian Hackenberg, Daryll Clark and Matt McGloin’s to retain the top spot. McSorley finished the game with 384 yards, 22 of 31 passing, and four touchdowns in an MVP, Big Ten Championship winning performance.[17]

"Trace has been dynamic all year long," head coach James Franklin said after the game. "I'm really proud of him, you know, his attitude, his demeanor, the type of teammate he is, the type of leader he is. Obviously he made plays tonight."[citation needed]

McSorley led the Nittany Lions back from a 28-7 deficit and broke the Big Ten Championship Game record for passing yards, set by Michigan State’s Connor Cook back in 2013, and touchdowns. His 364 total yards was also a championship game record.[18]

On December 5, 2016, it was revealed that McSorley was on multiple Heisman ballots, some even as high as two, just behind Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. McSorley became the first Nittany Lion to be on a Heisman ballot in over ten years.[19]

After the Big Ten Championship game, McSorley ranked third in FBS in passing yard on throws over 20 yards with 1,491.

In the 2017 Rose Bowl, McSorley went 18 for 29 with 254 yards and four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 13 yards in a 49–52 loss to the USC Trojans.[20]

2017 season[edit | edit source]

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McSorley vs Pitt in 2017

After his Heisman campaign in 2016 McSorley and the Nittany Lions Entered the 2017 season ranked sixth by the AP Poll.[21] In the Nittany Lions’ season opener McSorley passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns in a 52–0 rout over Akron.[22] He helped lead the team to a remarkable 7–0 start (with a 3–0 mark in conference play), outscoring opponents by a combined 213 points over that span. Through the first seven game,s McSorley had passed for 1,879 yards and thrown 14 touchdowns passes.[23]

Bolstered by that strong start, the Lions were ranked #2 in the country coming into a rivalry match at #6 Ohio State. In the primetime matchup[citation needed], McSorley threw for 192 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also rushed for 49 yards and another touchdown. However, a 19-point fourth quarter by the Buckeyes propelled them to a 39–38 comeback win, ending a potential perfect season for the Nittany Lions.[24]

The next week against the Michigan State Spartans, McSorley threw for a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns. However, after a 3 and a half hour delay due to weather the Nittany Lions were upset by the Spartans on a game winning field goal 27–24.[25] The Nittany Lions and McSorley responded to the two-game losing streak however. The team finished the regular season 3–0 and McSorley threw for 776 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions in his final three contests.[26]

The 10–2 Nittany Lions faced the 10–2 Washington Huskies in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl. McSorley struggled early and threw two interceptions in the first quarter however he finished the game 342 yards and two touchdown passes and also rushed for 60 yards. McSorley was named offensive MVP for the Nittany Lions.[27][28]

After the season, it was speculated whether McSorley would declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. After the bowl game, McSorley announced he was returning to Penn State for his senior season.[29]

2018 season[edit | edit source]

McSorley helped lead the Nittany Lions to a 4-0 start. In that stretch was a game against Kent State, where he passed for two touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns.[30] In the next game, a loss to Ohio State, he had 286 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and 25 carries for 175 rushing yards.[31][32] After a loss to Michigan State in the next game, he had 220 passing yards, 107 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns in a victory over Indiana.[33][34] After a victory over Iowa and a loss to Michigan, he helped lead the Nittany Lions to three consecutive wins over Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Maryland to close out the regular season.[35][36][37][38][39] The Nittany Lions qualified for the Citrus Bowl, where they lost 27-24 to Kentucky.[40] McSorley finished his final season with 2,530 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, and seven interceptions to go with 798 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.[41]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

NCAA career statistics
Penn State Nittany Lions
Season Games Record Passing Rushing
G GS Comp Att Yards Avg Long Pct TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg Long TD
2015 6 0 20 40 185 9.3 21 50.0 2 0 105.4 13 43 3.3 14 0
2016 14 14 11–3 224 387 3,614 16.1 80 57.9 29 8 156.6 146 365 2.5 26 7
2017 13 13 11–2 284 427 3,570 12.6 85 66.5 28 10 162.4 144 491 3.4 36 11
2018 13 13 9–4 192 361 2,530 13.2 93 53.2 18 7 124.6 170 798 4.7 51 12
Career 46 40 31–9 720 1215 9,899 13.7 93 59.3 77 25 144.5 473 1697 3.6 51 30


Honors and awards[edit | edit source]

Records[edit | edit source]

  • Penn State
    • Most single-season passing yards — 3,360 yds (as of December 2016)
    • Most single-season total yards — 3979 yds (as of December 2016)[43]
    • Most single-season passing touchdowns — 29 (as of December 2016)[44]
    • Most single-season 300-yard passing games — 5 (as of December 2016)[45]
    • Most consecutive games with touchdown pass — 27[46]
    • Most total offensive yards in a single game — 461 (as of September 2018)

Professional career[edit | edit source]

McSorley was automatically eligible for the 2019 NFL draft as he was a graduating senior. McSorley had entered his name in the draft a year earlier but withdrew weeks later.

McSorley had a successful combine posting a quarterback best 4.57 sec 40 yard dash, a vertical jump of 33 in as well as a 115 in broad jump. An ESPN Mock Draft by Mel Kiper Jr. released in April 2019 had McSorley going undrafted, however NFL insider Adam Schefter had announced teams were high on McSorley and could select him as high as the third or fourth rounds.[47][48]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 0⅛ in 202 lb31 in9 1/8 in 4.57 s 4.12 s 7.09 s 33 in 9 ft 7 in 31

McSorley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[49][50]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Trace is the son of Rick and Andrea McSorley, and he has one younger sister, Micaela. His father played football at the University of Richmond and an uncle, Jeff McSorley, played football at Marshall University. He enjoys playing organized and pick-up sports and video games. McSorley graduated from Penn State in May 2018 with a degree in accounting and is working on a second degree in journalism.[51]

McSorley is a Christian.[52] McSorley has a tattoo on his left biceps consisting of a cross with the bible verses Psalms 23:4 and Philippians 4:13. He has said that the message behind the tattoo is "always pulling me in the right direction" and keeps him grounded and true to his roots.[53]

References[edit | edit source]

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  32. "Trace McSorley, Penn State defense crushed again at the very end by Ohio State" (in en).
  33. "Michigan State at Penn State Box Score, October 13, 2018" (in en).
  34. "Penn State at Indiana Box Score, October 20, 2018" (in en).
  35. "Iowa at Penn State Box Score, October 27, 2018" (in en).
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  37. "Wisconsin at Penn State Box Score, November 10, 2018" (in en).
  38. "Penn State at Rutgers Box Score, November 17, 2018" (in en).
  39. "Maryland at Penn State Box Score, November 24, 2018" (in en).
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  41. "Trace McSorley 2018 Game Log" (in en).
  42. "Trace McSorley stats". Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  43. Johnson, Richard. "How Penn State uses its QB in one of the nation’s most creative offenses".
  44. "Trace McSorley breaks Penn State single-season passing record" (in en-US). Land of 10. December 3, 2016.
  45. Wogenrich, Mark. "Aching early, Penn State's Trace McSorley responds once more to make Big Ten history". Aching early, Penn State's Trace McSorley responds once more to make Big Ten history.
  46. Scarcella, Rich. "Penn State vs. Wisconsin: highlights and lowlights".
  47. "PSU’s Trace McSorley makes his case". York Daily Times. 8 March 2019.
  48. "Trace McSorley asked to work out at WR and DB at Combine".
  49. Downing, Garrett (April 27, 2019). "Sixth Round (197): Ravens Select QB Trace McSorley".
  50. Patra, Kevin (April 27, 2019). "Ravens select former Penn State QB Trace McSorley".
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  52. "Lots of faith in PSU's McSorley". Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  53. "The Meaning Behind Trace McSorley's tattoo".,1468911/. Retrieved November 1, 2016.

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