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Behind enemy lines — No. 4: Trace McSorley, Penn State QB
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Behind enemy lines — No. 4: Trace McSorley, Penn State QB

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Note: The 2017 football season is fast approaching. Over 25 days, Husker Extra is taking a look at the top 25 opposing players Nebraska will see on the gridiron this fall. A Heisman candidate at quarterback for the Nittany Lions is today's focus.

No. 5: Trace McSorley

Penn State quarterback

* Senior, 6-0, 202 pounds

Last year vs. Nebraska: The last time the Huskers played the Nittany Lions was in 2013 when McSorley was a senior in high school.

Last season's totals: 3,614 yards and a 29-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio on 224-of-397 passing. Finished the season with three consecutive games of four touchdown passes.

Why he could give Nebraska fits: McSorley enters the season as a Heisman candidate and will control the up-tick offense of the No. 6 Nittany Lions, a team that has lofty goals of making its first College Football Playoff appearance in program history. His track record is that of a traditional gunslinger in the form of Brett Favre, and he isn't shy about uncorking a shot at the end zone right after a turnover or off the opening kickoff.

What makes McSorley so threatening is his familiarity with the Penn State system. Coach James Franklin's scheme led the Nittany Lions to a narrow Rose Bowl loss last season that saw McSorley rise to national prominence after throwing for 254 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions in the game, so he isn't afraid to test the limits of his abilities. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

His home-run-swing celebration will be a mainstay on every highlight show this season, and if the Huskers don't put together a package to limit his ability, it could be making Nebraska fans nauseous by halftime in Happy Valley.

He'll see the Huskers: Nov. 18 (State College).

— Shea Carlson

Behind Enemy Lines so far:

No. 5: Justin Jackson, Northwestern RB

No. 6: Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State DE

No. 7: Josey Jewell, Iowa LB

No. 8: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE

No. 21: David Blough, Purdue QB

No. 22: Mike Weber, Ohio State RB

No. 23: Steven Richardson, Minnesota DT

No. 24: Nick Bosa, Ohio State DE

No. 25: T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin LB

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or scarlson@journalstar.com.

 

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