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    First-year starting quarterback Trace McSorley has been a revelation for Penn State, leading the Big Ten in a heap of passing categories. Hell give USC plenty to think about in the Rose Bowl..theiaPostSlider_nav._lower display none !important ROSE BOWL Top USC-PSU MomentsArticle continues below …If youve played EA Sports NCAA Football series or even some Madden, the playing style of sophomore Penn State quarterback Trace McSorleywill look familiar when he takes on USC in the Rose Bowl.I dont want to say he Johnny Manziel, but he has that Johnny Manziel factor, PSU running back Saquon Barkley said. It was funny sometimes being back there and watching him scramble and make a play, like Whoa, how did he just do thatLike clockwork, McSorley useshis feet tomake something happen outside the pocket, or takeschances deep downfield with an aggressive passing attack as part ofnew offensive Joe Moorhead offense.McSorley breakout year has made the Nittany Lions Christian Hackenberg a distant memory.He gained511 rushing yards when you extractsacks, and his healthy16.3 yards per completion average ranked No. 1 in the nation going into the bowl season.McSorleybreakout year has made the Nittany Lions Christian Hackenberg a distant memory. Almost as impressively, the former three-star recruit hasdone it despite all of the traditional critiqueson a quarterback of his makeup https://www.ducksfanscollegeshop.com/98-Ducks_Reggie_Daniels_Jersey.At just 6-feet, he not tall enough. Then there his arm, which requires him to crow-hop on passes downfield.It stronger than you think, Moorhead said. To me, it a lot about ball placement, and understanding coverage, pre-snap and post-snap, and that something I think is great about what we do and unique about our spread.Sep 17, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley throws a pass during the third quarter against the Temple Owls at Beaver Stadium Tristen Wallace Jersey. Penn State defeated Temple 34-27. Mandatory Credit Matthew OThe offense, which Moorhead brought to Penn State after his head coach tenure at FCS Fordham, is akin to an aggressive version of what USC deploys.More quarterback runs and more deep shots offset a lower completion percentage and an overall lack of efficiency.READ MORE USC Must DefendJoe Moorhead Explosive OffenseBut you can afford to rank 82nd nationally in offensive efficiency just 41.1 percent of Penn State plays are successful against down and distance when youre consistently making highlight reel plays.McSorley does just that.His confidence level bleeds through us, wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins said https://www.ducksfanscollegeshop.com/122-Ducks_Tyrell_Crosby_Jersey. When hes back there making those crazy plays, it just goes to show how much confidence we have in him, to know that no matter what he does back there, hes going to do his job at the end of the day.But dont letwords likecrazy muddy your view of McSorley. His best asset, and the key to improvising, is his grasp of how to assessrisk.He thrown just five interceptions all season, and boasts a 20-to-2 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio since Penn State started their nine-game winning streak on October 1st.Not only is he throwing the deep ball well, he throwing it to the right person when he open, Moorhead said. He been accurate. But he also made the right reads to get it to the right person within the pass concept.Oct 22, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley look to the sidelines for a play against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Ohio State 24-21. Mandatory Credit Rich Barnes-USA TODAY SportsFor USC, that makes limiting McSorley tricky. Especially since the Trojans havent seen a carbon copy of himyet in 2016, only vaguely similar dual-threat quarterbacks.In September, USC was burned by Alabama freshman sensation Jalen Hurts and Utah Troy Williams. But they shutdown and knockedout Arizona State Manny Wilkins, subdued Oregon Justin Herbert and never let Notre Dame future first round pick DeSone Kizer beat them.Washington uber-efficient Jake Browning—a similar chunk-play passer to McSorley— threw two interceptions and had a season-low passer rating against USC https://www.ducksfanscollegeshop.com/166-Ducks_Nate_Heaukulani_Jersey.MORE ROSE BOWL JuJu Smith-Schuster Dealing With Illness Prior to GameThemost comparable to the Penn State quarterback isnone other than the Trojans Sam Darnold. But he still not quite the same.Going against Sam and stuff like that in practice is great, USC linebacker Michael Hutchings said. But for what were going to see, I dont know how much you can mimic that in practice.More from Reign of TroyExplosive Penn State Passing Attack to Test USC in 2017 Rose Bowl1 h agoUSC Injury Report JuJu Smith-Schuster Fighting Cold Ahead of Rose Bowl2h agoUSC Basketball Oregon Trojans Lose First Game of Season18h agoUSC Podcast Carcast Reacting to Rose Bowl Media Day 19h agoShutting Down Saquon Barkley is First Priority for USC in Rose Bowl1 d agoIt can help you prepare. but everybody brings something different, Adoree Jackson said. We dont know exactly how he is in the game and what he may do.That uncertainty can be harrowing when defending high-energy dual-threat quarterbacks, a dilemmaUSC opponents know quite well.RELATED How Penn State Plans to Blitz to Sam Darnold in the Rose BowlPenn State linebacker Jason Cabinda, who has faced McSorley every day in practice this year, sums it perfectly.Playing guys that are going to be able to make plays, even if there nobody open downfield is really one of your worst nightmares, hesaid. [Our] running quarterbacks all year long really have been giving defenses a lot of problems https://www.ducksfanscollegeshop.com/94-Ducks_Michael_Manns_Jersey.

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