Urban Meyer Raves About Trace McSorley, Has Advice For Sean Clifford

first_imgTrace McSorley drops back to pass against Kentucky.ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first quarter of the VRBO Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It’s been a pretty good week for Penn State quarterbacks and former quarterbacks. Former Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley made the Baltimore Ravens’ final roster, while his successor Sean Clifford had an overwhelmingly successful debut against Idaho.As if that wasn’t good enough, the two Penn State quarterback stars now have a brand new fan in their corner: Urban Meyer.At a recent media event, in which he was asked about the Ravens rookie, Meyer stated point blank, “I love Trace McSorley.”In his seven years at Ohio State, Urban Meyer lost only once to Penn State. With McSorley at quarterback, the Nittany Lions upset the Buckeyes in 2016. Unfortunately for Meyer, that one loss ultimately cost the Buckeyes a Big Ten title that year. Meyer went on to gush over McSorley, stating that he possesses all of the characteristics of a great quarterback. Via Lions247:“The No. 1 characteristic of all great quarterbacks is they’re elite competitors. They win at all costs, in everything… No. 2 — are they tough? … To win a big game, a national championship-type game (you have to be tough). No. 3 — Are you intelligent? Do you have leadership skills? No. 4 and No. 5 — Can you escape and make something out of nothing?”“Trace McSorley is five-for-five. He had big games against us and I just think he’s an elite competitor.”As for Clifford, who had 280 passing yards and two touchdowns, Meyer advised him to take lessons from McSorley’s time in Happy Valley, and demonstrate leadership on the field.“It’s a tough duty… You have to be yourself, but you’ve gotta learn from the great leadership and great skill set the guy had before you. You’re taking over for one of the best quarterbacks in Penn State history. You need to be yourself, however learn from the great qualities the guy had before you… Learn from that, but you’ve gotta be yourself.”It appears that despite the grief Penn State once gave him, Meyer still has a lot of respect for the Nittany Lions and their quarterbacks.[Lions247]last_img

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