Penn State’s all-time leading passers in Nittany Lions history

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While Penn State has never been known for it’s quarterback play, the team’s history books appear like they are about to change.

Presently, Trace McSorley is the all-time leading passer in program history. Hot on his heels though is present starter Sean Clifford. Clifford is returning for his fourth season as Penn State’s starting quarterback while some fans are eager to see what comes next at the position with Drew Alar on deck. But before that page if slipped, Clifford has a great chance to rewrite some Penn State passing reocrds.

If he can stay healthy, then the all-time passing record should be Clifford’s. Notably, though, there are some surprising names in the team’s all-time passing ranks. Names like Clifford and McSorley are obviously in there but also players like Darryl Clark, Christian Hackenberg, and program favorite Matt McGloin also make appearances.

While none of them outside of Clifford are still competing, their careers never stray away from Penn State fans. Look now at the team’s top-10 all-time passing rankings entering 2022.

Trace McSorley

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Years: 2015-2018

Career Passing Yards: 9,899

Christian Hackenberg

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Years: 2013-2015

Career Passing Yards: 8,457

Sean Clifford

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Years: 2018-Present

Career Passing Yards: 7,839

Zack Mills

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Years: 2001-2004

Career Passing Yards: 7,212

Matt McGloin

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Years: 2009-2012

Career Passing Yards: 6,390

Tony Sacca

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Years: 1988-1991

Career Passing Yards: 5,869

Daryll Clark

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Years: 2006-2009

Career Passing Yards: 5,742

Chuck Fusina

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Years: 1975-1978

Career Passing Yards: 5,382

Kerry Collins

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Years: 1991-1994

Career Passing Yards: 5,304

Anthony Morelli

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Years: 2004-2007

Career Passing Yards: 5,275

Todd Blackledge

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Years: 1980-1982

Career Passing Yards: 4,812

Wally Richardson

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Years: 1992-1996

Career Passing Yards: 4,419

Kevin Thompson

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Years: 1996-1999

Career Passing Yards: 3,710

John Hufnagel

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Years: 1970-1972

Career Passing Yards: 3,545

Michael Robinson

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Years: 2002-2005

Career Passing Yards: 3,531

John Shaffer

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Years: 1983-1986

Career Passing Yards: 3,469

Rashard Casey

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Years: 1997-2000

Career Passing Yards: 3,046

Doug Strang

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Years: 1981-1984

Career Passing Yards: 2,966

Tom Shuman

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Years: 1972-1974

Career Passing Yards: 2,886

Mike McQueary

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Years: 1995-1997

Career Passing Yards: 2,730

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