Ashburn, VA (March 21, 2017) – Earlier this month at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, Briar Woods Alumni and Penn State Quarterback Trace McSorley received the Maxwell Football Club’s 16th Brian Westbrook Award Tri-State Player of the Year award.
The Maxwell Football Club announced today that Penn State University’s James Franklin has been selected as the winner of the Club’s 19th Tri-State Coach of the Year Award, and that Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was chosen as the Club’s 16th Brian Westbrook Award Tri-State Player of the Year.
In the announcement from the Maxwell Football Club stated that McSorley capped of the Big Ten season with a record-setting performance in which he set the Big Ten Championship Game passing record with 384 yards and also threw for four touchdowns against a Wisconsin defense that only gave up eight passing scores all season. In his last two games against Wisconsin and Michigan State, he completed 38 passes on 54 attempts (70 percent) for 760 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. This is the best back-to-back passing performance in the history of Penn State football.
During the 2016 season, McSorley led the Big Ten Conference with 3,360 passing yards, 25 touchdown passes and a passer efficiency rating of 156.6. He was also named Second Team All-Big Ten, guiding the Lions to a conference championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
McSorley is now the single-season leader in passing yardage at Penn State, surpassing Matt McGloin who threw for 3,271 yards in 2012. McSorley is also the single-season passing touchdown leader for the Nittany Lions, eclipsing Daryll Clark’s mark of 24 in 2009 and McGloin who matched that output in 2012.
Also receiving awards at this event were; Lamar Jackson – Louisville (Maxwell Award), Jonathan Allen – Alabama (Chuck Bednarik Award), James Conner – Pittsburgh (The Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award) and Steve Spurrier – South Carolina/Florida/Duke (The Francis Reds Bagnell Award for Contributions to Football).