By LARRY VAUGHT
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley really had no reason to know much about Kentucky when the teams were matched to play in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 1.
Penn State plays in the Big Ten and Kentucky is in the SEC. However, McSorley had already heard plenty about Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the bowl pairings were set.
“Obviously Benny Snell is a great player,” the Penn State quarterback said. “He’s been dynamic all year.”
He also knew that Kentucky going 9-3 was not the normal year for UK football.
“They made a lot of noise this year. It’s not something that people expected out of them but they’ve got a ton of great playmakers, especially on the defensive side of the ball that can get after the passer and make plays in the run game and make life difficult for an offense,” McSorley said showing he also knows plenty about national defensive player of the year Josh Allen.
“It’s definitely going to be a big challenge for us coming in. Playing in the SEC, they’ve got that SEC prestige to them that they play against top competition every week, so it’s definitely going to be a tough challenge for us.”
Kentucky’s defense probably has learned a lot about McSorley, too, since the matchup was set. He’s thrown for 2,284 yards and 16 touchdowns this year with just six interception but has also rushed for 11 touchdowns. Twice he had 100-yard rushing games.
During his career he has passed for 9,653 yards and 75 scores. He has 11,276 yards of total offense. All are Penn State records.