Monday night, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley received a text from head coach James Franklin's administrative support assistant. Franklin and offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead wanted to meet with the redshirt sophomore first thing the next morning.
McSorley, who had been in a battle with redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens since the spring, had an idea what it was going to be about. But, like any good quarterback, he refused to let the potential enormity of the moment rattle him.
So he got a good night’s sleep. Then he headed over to Lasch Building at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Asked if we was nervous at the time, McSorley said, “Not really. It was early. I just kind of went over there. I thought (I knew) what it was going to be about, but did not know exactly. So I went in there, and they didn’t waste time and let me know.”
McSorley had been named the starter. And in a scenario that could not have been scripted any better for a movie, it was his 21st birthday. And there was more.
His younger sister, Micaela, arrived at PSU as a true freshmen over the weekend, having been dropped off by their parents. And mom and dad were still in town Tuesday before driving back to Ashburn, Va.
So there were hugs all around when Trace broke the news to the family. Then they all headed off to breakfast in downtown State College.
Franklin announced the QB decision to the media after Wednesday’s practice, and then McSorley was made available. In the video above, you can see everything he had to say about being named the starter.