Penn State QB Trace McSorley’s and Northwestern RB Justin Jackson’s Big Ten records earn shared Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honor


TRACEJUSTIN IMAGEA pair of Big Ten players posted strong performances on the final weekend of the regular season and finished the season as only the second player in conference history to complete their rare accomplishment.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Northwestern running back Justin Jackson both entered the Big Ten record books and share the final Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week for 2017.

McSorley threw a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Nittany Lions victory at Maryland. With those three touchdowns, McSorley became only the second player in Big Ten history to pass for 25 and rush for 10 touchdowns in the same season.

He joins Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett from Ohio State on the list. Barrett established the benchmark in 2014.

Jackson, who carried 18 times for 144 and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ seventh consecutive victory, is only the second player in Big Ten history to rush for 1,000 or more yards all four years.

He joins 1999 Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Fame member Ron Dayne from Wisconsin as the only other Big Ten running back to accomplish this.

Previous Uplifting Athletes

Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: RB Josh Adams, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Ryan Finley, NC State

Week 3: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 4: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Week 5: WR Ervin Philips, Syracuse

Week 6: QB Chad Kanoff, Princeton

Week 7: QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 8: WR Jesper Horsted, Princeton

Week 9: QB Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Week 10: QB Will Fischer-Colbrie, Penn

Week 11: QB Zack Mahoney, Syracuse

Week 12: WR Justin Motlow, Florida State

 

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