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Trace McSorley back in action with Penn State football QBs Drew Allar, Ethan Grunkemeyer

Penn State football legend Trace McSorley returned to Happy Valley to help mentor the current generation of Nittany Lion quarterbacks.



Penn State football, Drew Allar, Trace McSorley, Ethan Grunkemeyer, Brad Maendler
Oct 13, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) warms up prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Imagine the joys and emotions of 2016 merging with the present day. That’s what Penn State football fans were able to see in a recent video. Quarterback trainer Brad Maendler, who typically works with Drew Allar and Ethan Grunkemeyer on the field, was back in Happy Valley. But this time, former Nittany Lion QB Trace McSorley joined the current Penn State players in a recent workout.

Penn State football past and present QB’s host workout

Whenever Brad Maendler posts a workout video, the Penn State football community gets even more excited for the 2024 season. The Nittany Lions are just 81 days from kickoff at West Virginia. But before that day comes, there is work to be done behind the scenes.

In a recent video, Penn State fans were able to see Trace McSorley join Drew Allar and Ethan Grunkemeyer in a throwing session on campus. The difference, of course, was the ball that McSorley was using was an NFL-issued ball versus the college-sized football that Allar and Grunkemeyer used.

The memories that have been made in Happy Valley by these three talents and the memories that will be made in the future. It’s incredible to see the past, present, and future sharing the field and continue to perfect their craft.

In his post on Twitter/X, Maendler wrote, “What a blast it was today to train current Penn State QBs Drew Allar and Ethan Grunkemeyer and one of the Nittany Lion’s all-time greats, Trace McSorley. Absolute rip fest!”

What’s next for McSorley?

While it’s great seeing Trace McSorley on the field in a workout session, at the end of the day, he is an NFL-free agent. For his professional career to continue, McSorley will need to continue training in hopes of joining a roster this summer and to make an impression in preseason.

The 2023 season was full of ups and downs for the former Nittany Lion gunslinger. In April of 2023, McSorley signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, he was waived at the end of the preseason.

Then, he had stints with the Bears and Steelers last season as well. The Steelers released McSorley in January of 2024, and he continues to seek his next NFL opportunity.

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Former Editor-In-Chief at Victory Bell Rings, Morgan is the current Site Manager for Basic Blues Nation, host of the Basic Blues Podcast, and co-host of the weekly Penn State Roar Room spaces. Morgan lives in upstate New York with his wife and cats.


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