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Change of Plans: Ex-Penn State QB Trace McSorley Meeting With NFL Team, Won’t be in Happy Valley for White Out Game

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Former Penn State QB Trace McSorley won’t be at Saturday’s White Out Game against Iowa.

It’s a good news, bad news situation for Penn State fans.

The good news is that former McSorley, currently an NFL free agent, is meeting with a team this weekend.

The bad news is that, this weekend happens to be White Out Weekend, and McSorley won’t be there for Saturday’s game.

Plans were for McSorley to be one of Penn State’s honorary captains along with Grant Haley.

The Family Clothesline store in Happy Valley, where McSorley was supposed to have an autograph session before the game, broke the news on Instagram.

Nittany Sports Now has since  confirmed that Haley will now be the lone captain. Haley’s helped create perhaps the signature moment of not just the White Out, but the James Franklin era at Penn State. He was the guy who returned Marcus Allen’s blocked field goal against No. 2 Ohio State for a game-winning touchdown in 2016. Penn State went onto win that game and the Big Ten championship.

McSorley was the QB of that Penn State team and, over his three seasons as the starter, became one of the most popular players in school history. He was the team’s starting quarterback from 2016-18, breaking multiple school records including for touchdowns and passing yards. Both of these records were surpassed by McSorley’s successor, Sean Clifford.

McSorley signed with New England this past April after less than a season in a half with the Arizona Cardinals, and was released toward the end of the preseason. McSorley was with Arizona last season, appearing in six of the team’s 17 games, highlighted by his first NFL start, which took place Christmas Eve against Patriots icon Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. McSorley went 24 of 45 for 217 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in an overtime loss. He’s appeared in a total of nine games during his NFL career which began with Baltimore in 2019.

Penn State fans will be bummed out about not seeing McSorley return to his alma mater, but the possibility of McSorley being back in the NFL soon should be exciting.

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