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Penn State’s McSorley featured on Manning Watch List

UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) is among the candidates for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, for the nation’s top quarterback. This is McSorley’s sixth preseason watch list selection this summer. He is also a nominee for the Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year), Walter Camp Award (National Player of the Year), Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback), Manning Award (nation’s top quarterback) and Wuerffel Trophy (College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service).

Prior to the 2004 college football season, the Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only college football quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting; therefore, it is presented annually following the completion of the bowl season. The winner is selected by a panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.

McSorley, who is a two-time captain, enters his final season in the Blue & White having thrown a touchdown pass in 28-straight games, the longest active streak in FBS. He holds the Penn State career records for completion percentage (61.8), passing efficiency (152.9), passing touchdowns (59) and total offense (8,268). He also owns the Penn State season marks for passing yards (3,614; 2016), completions (284; 2017), passing touchdowns (29; 2016), total offense (4,061; 2017), 300-yard passing games (5; 2016 and 2017), 200-yard passing games (11; 2016 and 2017) and touchdowns responsible for (37; 2017). In 2017, McSorley became just the second player in Big Ten history to have 25 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing scores in the same season, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (2014 and 2017). He’s also 1-of-7 players in the B1G to record back-to-back 3,000 passing seasons.

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