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Sports Illustrated Ranks Trace McSorley Among Top Players in College Football

by on June 23, 2018 1:41 PM

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was ranked as the 15th-best player in college football for 2018 by Sports Illustrated.

The magazine revealed its top 100 players this week, including the Nittany Lions' senior quarterback. McSorley’s “YOLO throws” (this reference might be a couple years late) and dual-threat ability at the position both factored into why he cracks SI’s top 15.

Now that McSorley is the top player on Penn State’s offense after Saquon Barkley’s departure, Sports Illustrated thinks his performance this season could shape the Heisman Trophy race and decide who comes out on top in the Big Ten’s eastern division.

“What’s the ceiling for a Nittany Lions offense that hinges on McSorley’s arm instead of Saquon Barkley’s legs?” the magazine asks. “The answer to that question could determine the fate of the Big Ten East. … If he leads Penn State past Ohio State and into the East driver’s seat in late September, he could find himself at the top of several midseason Heisman Trophy projections.”


McSorley’s new ranking is a 26-spot improvement from Sports Illustrated’s 2017 rankings. Unlike last year, McSorley is the only Nittany Lion in the top 100. Barkley (No. 5) and fellow 2018 NFL Draft pick Mike Gesicki (No. 81) also appeared on last season’s list, bringing Penn State’s total to three.

SI ranked Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver as the nation's top player. Two quarterbacks -- Arizona's Khalil Tate (No. 4) and UCF's McKenzie Milton (No. 11) ranked ahead of McSorley.

The No. 15 player in college football will be back on the field at Beaver Stadium in 70 days. Penn State takes on Appalachian State on September 1 at 3:30 p.m. to open the 2018 campaign.

Mikey Mandarino is a staff writer for Onward State.
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