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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Announce Team Captains

by on March 22, 2017 3:44 PM

Penn State football has its captains for the 2017 season the program announced on Wednesday afternoon. Trace McSorley, Jason Cabinda and Nick Scott will take over leadership roles on the team heading into spring practice which starts this week.

“These three young men have been leaders in our program, on and off the field,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in a release. “They live our four core values and act with the program’s best interest in mind. Our team is in good hands with these guys!”

Last season Cabinda earned third-team All-Big Ten honors despite missing five games due to injury. While healthy and playing, Cabinda posted eight tackles or more in all nine games he played in last season and has logged eight or more tackles in 11 of his last 13 games, dating back to 2015.

Equally as predictable for the captaincy, McSorley earned the Grange-Griffin Most Valuable Player award as MVP of the Big Ten Championship game after throwing for a Big Ten Championship game-record 384 yards and four touchdowns. He was also a second-team All-Big Ten choice by the conference’s coaches and media.

McSorley had himself a season, breaking the Penn State season record for passing yards (3,614), passing touchdowns (29) and total offense records (3,979).

Finally, Scott joins the leadership ranks as well respected player on special teams and across the locker room. Appearing in 13 games last season and finished second on the squad with eight special teams tackles. Scott had a career-high three special teams tackles against Maryland in October.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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