Nittany Notes: McSorley's on the Unitas Award watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK – Sure, it’s an off week for the Penn State football team. But that doesn’t mean it’s a week without news.

Although Penn State head coach James Franklin didn’t have a news conference this week, there was some news coming out of University Park this week.

It's a Major Award!

Penn State QB Trace McSorley is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The watch list was pared down on Wednesday.

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the conclusion of the college football season. The winner is selected based on his resume both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or a fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. The award, of course, is named after Johnny Unitas. The Hall of Fame quarterback who played for the Baltimore Colts of the NFL and at the University of Louisville.

McSorley has impressive numbers, for sure. He has 1,597 yards, good for 19th in the FBS. He also has 13 passing TDs, which is good for 16th in the FBS. He has nearly 300 yards in total offense per game (295.8), which is 25thh in the country. His efficiency rating is 154.1 (23rd in the FBS). His completion percentage is 67.0, having completed 130 of 194 passes. For good measure, he has thrown a TD pass in 21 consecutive games.

Coming Soon: Big Three

With the opening acts (Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern) out of the way, Penn State turns its attention to the next three games, which will likely determine their bowl destination. It all starts on Oct. 21 with a Whiteout game against Michigan at Beaver Stadium. The No. 3 Nittany Lions will be favored in the game, which kicks at 7:30 p.m.

The following the week, the Lions will visit Columbus for a 3:30 p.m. kick at the Horseshoe. This game would have probably been a night game, but it would have conflicted with the World Series, so PSU gets a break there. On Nov. 4. Penn State visits Michigan State. That kickoff time has not been announced.

History Lesson

One of the most memorable games in Beaver Stadium history took place in 2013, when Michigan came to town. The four overtime, 43-40 Penn State victory was a thriller that went late into the night. Penn State nearly lost that game, but rallied to force OT.

Here’s a little something to get you fired up for next week.

Who Needs Tickets?

OK, so you’re probably not going to find tickets for the Michigan game, but there are still tickets available for the Senior Day, Nov. 18 against Nebraska. You can get them through HappyValley.com. Check out the ticket selection here:

https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/pennstate/EN/promotion/home

 

 

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