Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley stated his case to make the Baltimore Ravens’ 53-man roster with a dazzling first half in Thursday night’s NFL preseason game.
The 6-foot signal-caller played the entire half, going 16-of-24 for 203 yards, two passing touchdowns and another rushing TD. Behind his performance, Baltimore led the Philadelphia Eagles 26-0 at halftime.
McSorley — who’s the Ravens’ No. 2 until backup Robert Griffin III recovers from a thumb injury — wasn’t considered a lock to make the Ravens prior to the game. Some believed John Harbaugh might not take three quarterbacks.
But Penn State’s all-time passing leader in wins (31), passing yards (9,899) and touchdowns (77) made a strong case. And he got plenty of love on social media — including from the NFL’s official Twitter account:
That play came in the second quarter on a six-play, 59-yard drive. In case you don’t feel like watching that clip: It was a perfectly placed 28-yard touchdown to wideout Michael Floyd.
McSorley also spread it around plenty, completing passes to nine different targets — including one to Jaleel Scott, on a 7-yard TD pass with seven seconds left in the half.
In case that wasn’t enough, McSorley also added the first preseason NFL rushing touchdown of his career:
That performance by the sixth-round draft pick impressed many. And former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb might’ve had the highest praise:
Rosters for NFL teams have to be set at 53 by 4 p.m. Aug. 31. McSorley will find out no later than then if he’ll be a Raven.