Continuing in what was started about a week ago, I’m taking a look at the quarterback competition currently going on in State College, PA. Since our last update, one of the 4 candidates for the job (Paul Jones) has been eliminated and it’s mostly turned into a 2-man battle between the true freshman Robert Bolden and redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin (whom I’ll preview after the jump).
Matt McGloin is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship via his hard work; you gotta root for a guy like that. McGloin is what every college football team needs, a good team guy that works hard, knows the playbook, and is capable (in a pinch) of running the offense should one of the more talented players in front of him gets injured. He is not what you’d call a “franchise QB.” nor is he someone that will even be the future of the position at Penn State. All that being said, he may just be the guy who starts against Youngstown State in this year’s opener.
According to most practice reports and observers, McGloin’s big strength is that he knows the playbook best and that he typically won’t make mistakes in his reads of defenses (although those who watched the Blue-White Game would disagree vehemently). McGloin is solid mechanically, takes his drops well and throws a decent ball with good touch. On the other hand, McGloin is smaller in stature (5’11″), doesn’t possess great arm strength, and lacks the agility to be a threat running the football (which, between MRob and Daryl Clark, became a larger part of the offense). While all that McGloin lacks may be disconcerting, with the Lions’ talent at running back, the quarterback may not be asked to make a ton of plays on his own; assuming of course, the offensive line is able to open holes.
Below are “highlights” from the Blue/White Game, so check out McGloin’s performance:
What this will likely come down to is whether Bolden’s (whom I’ll profile later this week) potential outweighs the perceived steady hand that would be provided by McGloin. I personally believe that because the ceiling is so low with McGloin, I’d rather look in a different direction. But, hey, starting a guy like McGloin has typified the Joe Paterno Era at Penn State, and who am I to argue with him?
Odds to Start: 3-2
Next up: Robert Bolden