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Former Penn State Quarterback Trace McSorley to Start Preseason Opener for Arizona Cardinals

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Former Penn State Quarterback Trace McSorley will start for the Arizona Cardinals in their preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals Friday evening.

McSorley is getting the nod after starting quarterback Kyler Murray is in COVID health and safety protocol and veteran backup Colt McCoy is banged up.

McSorley has been getting most of the first team reps in training camp recently and has impressed Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury enough to get the  start.

“Trace will start the game and get a bunch of reps,” Kingsbury told reporters Tuesday. “He’s done a nice job when he’s come in here. I like how he plays, got swagger, got moxie, and moves around and extends plays. I’m excited to watch him play.”

McSorley, a native of Ashburn, Virginia, played at Penn State from 2014-2018.

At Penn State, he led the team to a school record 31 victories as the starting quarterback and was second-team All-Big Ten from 2016-18.

In 2016 season, he set school records for single-season passing yards (3,614), total yards (3,979) and passing touchdowns (29) while leading Penn State to a Big Ten championship.

From there, the Baltimore Ravens selected McSorley in the sixth round of the 2019 Draft.


Playing in relief of starter Lamar Jackson, He threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Hollywood Brown in a game at Cleveland in 2020, which is the only touchdown pass of his career.

Murray isn’t expected to play much in 2022, and the most realistic goal for him is to earn the primary backup role for the Cardinals.

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