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Former Nittany Lions Trace McSorley, Jesse Luketa Stay With Cardinals

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Trace McSorley

Former Penn State players Trace McSorley and Jesse Luketa didn’t make the Arizona Cardinals’ 53-man roster, but both of them are still with the team.

Per multiple reports, McSorley and Luketa will both be on the team’s practice squad.

McSorley has been in the NFL since the Baltimore Ravens selected him in the sixth-round of the 2019 draft. He played with coach John Harbaugh’s team for almost three seasons before being signed by the Cardinals last November.

He started all three of Arizona’s preseason games, throwing for 536 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Despite showing flashes, McSorley wasn’t able to crack Arizona’s QB depth chart. Kyle Murray is the team’s starting QB and veteran Colt McCoy is the backup.

McSorley is one of the best quarterbacks in Penn State history and one of the most popular players the school has ever had. In three seasons as a starter, McSorley helped lead Penn State to the Big Ten championship in 2016, a Fiesta Bowl win at the end of the 2017 season and a 33-9 record overall.

The Cardinals drafted Luketa in the seventh round (256 overall) this past spring, after he played at Penn State for four seasons.

Luketa received good reviews out of training camp and initially made the 53-man roster, but ended up being cut in favor of Trayvon Mullen.

Many Penn State fans felt Luketa should have been drafted higher after a solid senior season. He moved from linebacker to defensive end and had success in his new position, pairing with current Atlanta Falcon Arnold Ebiketie to form a solid edge tandem.

McSorley and Luketa were teammates during the 2018 season.

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