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Former Penn State QB Trace McSorley on Verge of 1st NFL Regular-Season Start

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Former Penn State QB Trace Mcsorley is in line to start for the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would be the his first full NFL regular-season game as QB1.

Arizona’s regular starter, Kyle Murray, is out for the season with a torn ACL he suffered earlier this month.

Murray’s replacement, McCoy, left this past Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a concussion that’s still lingering enough for him to be unavailable for this coming Sunday’s game.

McSorley has appeared in three games for Arizona, the most recent one being this past Sunday in relief of McCoy. McSorley went 7–5 for 95 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Cardinals lost, 24-15. Arizona is having a dreadful season. The team is 4-10 and eliminated from playoff contention.

Before Arizona, McSorley played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2019-21, when Arizona signed him off Baltimore’s practice squad around Thanksgiving.

Penn State fans— and probably football fans in general— know McSorley best for what he did before the NFL. McSorley played at Penn State from 2014-18 and became one of the most beloved players in school history. He went 31-9 as a starter over three seasons, highlighted by 2016, when he helped Penn State to a Big Ten Championship win. McSorley finished his career atop Penn State’s all-time list in passing yards, touchdowns and completions. McSorley’s successor at starting QB, Sean Clifford, eclipsed his predecessor in those three categories.

This season, McSorley has appeared in games against the Rams, 49ers (Monday Night Football) and Broncos. Now, it looks like McSorley will be getting the start for the first time since he became an NFL QB.

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