If you’re reading this and find the question I’m asking to be ridiculous, I applaud you for not simply reading the headline and commenting how stupid that you think this take may be.
I’m not going to be the drunk freshman behind many of us in the student section screaming “It’s Tommy time, Trace sucks!”
This isn’t about Trace McSorley’s quality of play. Sure, he was rather unimpressive this past week in Ann Arbor, but McSorley has clearly proven himself as a top-tier All-Big Ten quarterback.
McSorley has the Penn State record for passing touchdowns, passing yards, and rushing touchdowns for a quarterback among several other achievements. He’s on pace to break the Penn State completion record and held a streak of 34-straight games of throwing a touchdown pass.
Not to mention, he led Penn State to back-to-back 11-win seasons which included a Rose Bowl berth, Fiesta Bowl victory and the 2016 Big Ten Championship.
Yet, there are several credible reasons why it would make sense to give Tommy Stevens the reigns for the remainder of the season.
Trace McSorley’s health
After getting helped off the field midway through the Iowa game two weeks ago, McSorley has not been 100 percent. He has taken several hits playing the style of quarterback that makes him so dynamic.
It goes without saying, but putting an already unhealthy McSorley on the field greatly increases his susceptibility for re-injury, or something even more severe. McSorley will, in all likelihood, enter the 2019 NFL Draft and his draft stock would take a huge blow if he were to suffer an season-ending injury.
Preparing for 2019
Going forward, it is near certain that Tommy Stevens will take over as the starting quarterback beginning next year. Stevens has paid his dues, sitting behind McSorley for three years despite having opportunities to transfer elsewhere and start immediately.
Why not get Tommy Stevens a couple of starts in the 2018 season? Almost the entire offense will return for the 2019 campaign. It’d be great to see Stevens work with KJ Hamler and Miles Sanders (who may stay for his senior season).
Penn State has little to play for
Right now, Penn State is out of the Big Ten Championship picture entirely and almost 100 percent out of New Year’s Six Bowl game contention. To be frank, the book is all but closed on the 2018 season, and I think it’s time to plan ahead.
The best of the competition that Penn State faces this year is behind them. Next week’s opponent, Wisconsin, has been rather weak this year. Ending the season with Maryland and Rutgers would be a great way to get Stevens some experience playing full games of football to work out some issues in his game that were on display against Michigan last week.
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