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Two Penn State football legends have been reunited

Two Penn State legends will once again be playing on an electric offense this fall.

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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) attempts a pass against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, the New England Patriots acquired a Nittany Lion legend: Trace McSorley. With this move, the former Penn State football legend was reunited with fellow Penn State legend Mike Gesicki, who was one of McSorley’s favorite targets during their days in Happy Valley.

Trace McSorley and Mike Gesicki were a dynamic duo in State College

Throughout the 2016 and 2017 college football seasons, Trace McSorley and Mike Gesicki helped spearhead a massive rejuvenation campaign for the Penn State football program. Starting in 2012 and stretching all the way to 2015, the Nittany Lions’ program was placed under heavy NCAA sanctions; despite starting the 2016 season 2-2 with crushing losses to Pitt and Michigan, Penn State managed to turn the season around and finish 11-3 overall. That same year, the Nittany Lions also beat Ohio State in the white out and won the Big Ten title for the first time since 2008.

During Trace McSorley’s time with Penn State football, the Nittany Lion legend became one of the most successful Penn State quarterbacks ever. McSorley set records at Penn State (that Sean Clifford broke) for many QB passing and winning stats. He compiled a 31-9 overall record with a Fiesta Bowl win in 2017; a Big Ten Championship win in 2016, three-straight ranked finishes, two top 10 finishes, and three-straight 9-win seasons — he was also a three-time All-Big Ten selection. Though he has not seen the field much in the NFL, McSorley is still one of the school’s most adored Penn State football alumni.

Patriots reunite two Penn State football legends

On Thursday, it was announced that he would reunite with two-time All-American Penn State football tight end Mike Gesicki in New England at the NFL level. During his time with the Nittany Lions, Mike Gesicki became one of the most outstanding tight ends to ever play in the Big Ten. He was one of McSorley’s favorite targets en route to two incredible offensive seasons.

Needless to say, this new Patriots acquisition should have Penn State football fans fired up — during the coming preseason, the nation could see Trace McSorley toss a touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki for the first time in six years.



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