PENN STATE VS. WASHINGTON4 p.m. Saturday at University of Phoenix StadiumTV: ESPNRADIO: WAEB AM-790SERIES HISTORY: Penn State leads 2-0LAST MEETING: Penn State 13-10 in 1983THE STORYLINEIn watching film of Trace McSorley, Washington players identified a “crafty, tough, gritty” quarterback who engineers Penn State’s offense with poise and guts. They were surprised by one thing, though.“Yeah, I didn’t know he was that short,” Huskies safety Taylor Rapp said of the 6-foot McSorley. “He kind of reminds me of Johnny Manziel.”McSorley, who plays bigger than his height, once again will be the backbone of Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl hopes — as quarterback Jake Browning will be for the Huskies. Though Browning has two inches and 25 pounds on McSorley, the quarterbacks carry similar styles, notably in their ability to extend plays by running.“They use him in unique ways,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said of McSorley. “They’re real creative on offense and the different things they do with him. And he makes it go.”Browning has been a practice focus for Penn State, whose defensive weakness has been compressing time and space for mobile quarterbacks. Brent Pry, Penn State’s defensive coordinator, said he sees elements of Ohio State and Michigan State’s offenses in Washington…. Read full this story
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