I was a little bored today on the first Friday back from the holiday, so I was nosing around the PSU football record book (the online variety). Several career marks are well within reach next season.
Was anyone aware DaeSean Hamilton is tied for 4th in career receptions? He’s only 18 shy of that mark (Deon Butler – 179). Assuming he returns and stays healthy, that record is almost certain to fall. He is 1,041 yards shy of the career yardage mark, so I’d bet Bobby Engram retains that record.
Saquon Barkley is just 1,360 yards short of Evan Royster’s career rushing mark of 3,932 yard. Since Barkley already has 1 more receiving yard than Royster, he’s only 1,359 yards shy of the career yards from scrimmage mark of 4,494. Barkley also has 30 career TD’s (or tuddies in today’s vernacular). That leaves him just 11 short of Lydell Mitchell’s record of 41. If Barkley is healthy and has just a normal season for him, all of those records should be his by the end of the season.
Trace McSorley currently has 31 TD passes. Hack’s career mark is 48. You’d have to assume that is within reach next season. It looks to me like Daryll Clark’s 43 passing TD’s plus 22 rushing TD’s is the all time mark of 65. Trace has 7 rushing TD’s for a total of 38. That’s only 27 off the mark. That’s a little larger number, but still within reach. Total passing yards is still pretty far out of reach (3,799 vs. Hack’s 8,457). Rushing yards is more difficult to figure out. Trace has 408 yards. Michael Robinson had 1,637. But I have no way to know how many of those yards came when he was under center vs. taking a handoff from Mills (or whoever else played QB back then). Rashard Casey seems to be the next in line at 670. But since Robinson had 806 yards rushing his senior year, when he played QB exclusively, we can assume that is the minimum target number. Though it is most certainly higher than that.
Colin Wagner made 85 of 85 XP’s in his career. This is also the longest streak for consecutive XP’s made. Tyler Davis stands at 73 of 73. If he can make his first 13, he would break that mark. The record book I’m looking at only goes back to 2000, so I have no clue if that is the actual record or not. Davis’ career FG% of 93.8% is certainly the record. With just a reasonable season, he should be able to hold onto that career mark.
It should also be noted that bowl stats are not counted for some players. Engram has more receiving yards if you include his bowl yardage. I’m not sure how many more catches he actually has either, but maybe he’s ahead of Butler instead of 12 behind him. I’m also not sure how many more TD’s Mitchell might have scored in bowl games. I have no idea why the NCAA can’t go back and add bowl stats to the totals. But for some reason, they choose to not do that (probably because they don’t want to change who holds what records by doing some clerical work).