He backed up Christian Hackenberg for two seasons, now he’s getting his chance. Trace McSorley was named starting quarterback by James Franklin Wednesday night. The redshirt sophomore has been the front runner since throwing for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns against Georgia in a relief TaxSlayer Bowl performance. Entering spring practice Franklin didn’t name a starter and gave redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens a chance to win the job. Stevens had closed the gap throughout camp according to Franklin but it wasn’t enough to win the job.
“It was a combination of factors,” Franklin said after Wednesday’s practice. It was spring practice, it was meetings, it was the bowl game, it was being the back up quarterback for two years, it was everything….summer, the whole picture.”
For McSorley, who will start his first game next Saturday versus Kent State, it was a sigh of relief.
“I was excited. It was kind of a weight off my shoulders,” McSorley said. “It had been a long process since the end of January, really the beginning of January once this all started. It was definitely a relief and weight off my shoulders.”