By Peter Gleason
Penn State’s opener against Akron is less than two months away — Sept. 2 in Happy Valley.
So it’s worth wondering how much better quarterback Trace McSorley can be.
In his first season as the starter, under new coordinator Joe Moorhead, McSorley was the best quarterback in the Big Ten, a big-play machine.
He made plays with his legs — 365 yards, seven TDs — and he has proven to be a leader for this offense, making good decisions with his feet while leading the Big Ten in passer rating.
His completion percentage was only 57.9, but he took a lot of shots downfield and averaged 9.3 yards per attempt, throwing for 3,614 yards, 29 TDs and only eight picks in 14 games.
McSorley’s mobility and willingness to push the ball downfield have made him an excellent fit for Penn State’s offensive evolution and a great backfield partner for star tailback Saquon Barkley.
It will be difficult to match last year’s success on deep balls, but he’ll have a better offensive line in front of him and still has a deep cast of skill talent to work with.