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JoePa ’99-percent sure’ he’s pared QB contenders to two

Bolden McGloin

When Penn State commenced spring practice last month, there were four legitimate contenders for the starting quarterback job.

Ahead of Saturday’s spring game, head coach Joe Paterno has confirmed he’s sliced the number of competitors in half.  Whether or not one of the two will remain around to resume the duel in summer camp still remains to be seen.

The legendary coach told reporters before the start of the annual Blue-White game that he’s “99 percent sure it’s going to be one of the two kids.”  The “two kids” Paterno refers to are last year’s season-opening starter Robert Bolden and last year’s season-ending starter Matt McGloin.

Based on Paterno’s words, it appears redshirt freshman Paul Jones and junior Kevin Newsome will be on the outside of the battle for the starting job looking in.  Paterno said the former’s lack of experience compared to Bolden and McGloin has put him behind, while the former’s work ethic — or lack thereof — is what’s holding him back from giving a serious challenge to the two front-runners.

One thing that won’t happen, regardless of how the duo performs in the glorified scrimmage this afternoon, is Paterno naming a starter.

“No need to. No sense in doing it,” Paterno said.

What effect that will have on Bolden’s future is certainly up for debate.  The true sophomore requested a release from his PSU scholarship earlier this year, but was denied by Paterno.  While he returned to the program, his mother said earlier this week that’s she’s uncertain whether he will remain in Happy Valley following the spring sessions or look to transfer.

For what it’s worth, Paterno feels Bolden will stay and resume the fight in camp.

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4 Responses to “JoePa ’99-percent sure’ he’s pared QB contenders to two”
  1. alkscout says: Apr 16, 2011 2:29 PM

    The way they’re playing it they’re going to lose Paul Jones and Bolden to transfer and end up with McGloin.

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t get his butt kicked this offseason again by one of Scranton Prep’s assistant coaches like he did this offseason. LOL!

  2. southernpatriots says: Apr 16, 2011 2:30 PM

    We have so much respect for Joe. Our regret is that during our younger years (and his) we did not see he and his teams more. All the coaches (opposing), and players who have played for him we have known personally liked Joe and greatly respected him both on and off the field.

  3. inconsonance says: Apr 16, 2011 3:33 PM

    @southernpatriots – I’ve seen you use plural personal pronouns in most of your posts. Please clarify: Are you speaking for yourself and others, using the ‘royal we,’ or do you have a mouse in your pocket?

  4. southernpatriots says: Apr 16, 2011 3:55 PM

    inconsonance: This has been explained by Deb and by others who regularly post on CFT, including JT. We are an extended family of professionals (doctor, nurses, professors, former college football players, business men–all now retired). Our interests other than college sports (and pro football) are children, children’s charities especially such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, MDA, and working with children’s hospitals (St. Jude’s, etc.)

    We are alums of LSU, Georgia, and other SEC schools as well as two Ivy League schools, great fans of great college football and over the past 50 years or so have traveled throughout the U.S. and especially the SEC to attend college football games and other college sports events and make some life-long friends all around the U.S. We just helped some younger fans with the best tailgating we all had ever tasted or seen at the LSU Spring Game on April 9th. After a few days rest we took a trip to visit friends and the Trees at Toomer’s Corner at Auburn.

    Our original typist and poster is our sister who is now very ill. She is fighting the fight of her life against cancer. We are trying our best to keep up the posting with a hunt and peck method. As for me, a now retired physician, I am heading to my surgeon tomorrow for what appears to be another operation. Several other members of our family are experiencing serious health problems now and it may be the stress of the situation with our sister who was always the strongest among us and the glue that helped to keep us all together.

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