University Park, P.A. – All good things eventually come to an end right? Well, for Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, his historic tenure at PSU will come to an end on Tuesday, January 1. In just five days, the Nittany Lions will say goodbye to their 2018 season and McSorley, as well as the rest of the seniors will put on a Penn State jersey for the very last time. Officially walking away from their college football career. McSorley, will walk away owning pretty much every record in the book.
“I wanna leave my legacy as a winner” said Trace McSorley.
The senior quarterback did exactly that. Owning several offensive records for Penn State, highlighted by him being Penn State’s all-time passing and wins leader. His 9,653 passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns aren’t even close to being touched by Christian Hackenberg’s numbers at No. 2. But, McSorley’s intangibles are even more critical to the legacy he’ll leave behind.
“It’s so much more than football. What Trace has done on the field, well, the records speak for itself. But, watching him grow and evolve, have success in the community and academically. It’s so much more than football” said James Franklin.
McSorley’s leadership, toughness and competitiveness led Penn State to a Big Ten title, back-to-back 10-win seasons and a Fiesta Bowl victory.
“Like you said, he’s a legend in my eyes. A great teammate, leader, I appreciate him” said running back, Miles Sanders.
“Having a guy like that on the field next to me, gives me confidence and makes me more comfortable.”
“Guys like Trace show our players, young players, that when you trust and invest, you have a good chance to have a really good career. He never questioned what we asked of him” said Franklin.
A good career being a bit of an understatement, a story book career in fact. A career that disregarded the odds in just about every step of the way.
“I had goals and I achieved them by coming in every day, being humble, working hard and elevating the level of my teammates” said McSorley.
“I wanted to be someone who was approachable. Someone who’s always around and someone who worked hard, came in everyday and gave it 100% with everything he did and left nothing on the table” McSorley said.
All the hard work McSorley put forth the last four years will come full circle on Tuesday, January 1 in the Citrus Bowl against No. 14 Kentucky.
“I’m just trying to focus on the game and Kentucky. Be able to go down to Orlando and finish the year off right” said McSorley.