Penn State junior had 358 total yards and four scores against Michigan
FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 24, 2017) – The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week resides in the Big Ten Conference for the second straight week, as Penn State signal caller Trace McSorley has earned the distinction for week eight of the college football season.
On Saturday, McSorley led Penn State to a 42-13 win over then-No. 19 Michigan by totaling 358 yards of offense and four touchdowns. Through the air, the junior was 17-for-26 for 282 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, McSorley rushed for 76 yards and three scores. He is the first Penn State quarterback with three rushing touchdowns in a game since at least 1982.
McSorley extended his school record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 22, and picked up a rushing and passing touchdown in the same game for the 12th time in his career. Against the Wolverines, he became the fifth Nittany Lion player with 6,000 career yards of total offense, and now ranks fourth in school history (6,340).
Prior to the season, McSorley was named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s watch list. For the year, he ranks tied for 11th nationally in points responsible for (126), 13th in completion percentage (.668), 17th in total offense per game (304.7) and 18th in passing efficiency (155.0).
Last week, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett was the recipient of the Quarterback of the Week award, and the two will meet on the field this Saturday in a matchup of top-10 teams.
The other “Great 8” quarterbacks in week eight were: Anthony Brown of Boston College, Arkansas State’s Justice Hansen, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Malik Rosier of Miami, WKU’s Mike White and Logan Woodside of Toledo.
Since its founding in 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has distributed more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced on Dec. 7 during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards. The winner is not required to have won a weekly award during the season. A list of 16 semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 7, while the three finalists will be named on Nov. 21.
The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, now in its 11th year, gives fans a chance to play a role in determining the award winner. Visit VoteOBrien.org daily to vote.
2017 Week-by-Week Winners:
Sept. 7 – Josh Rosen (UCLA)
Sept. 12 – Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
Sept. 19 – Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State)
Sept. 26 – Kenny Hill (TCU)
Oct. 3 – Luke Falk (Washington State)
Oct. 10 – Kyle Kempt (Iowa State)
Oct. 17 – J.T. Barrett (Ohio State)
Oct. 24 – Trace McSorley (Penn State)