New Penn State coach Bill O’Brien told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last month that he expected to name a starting quarterback for the 2012 season before the calendar flipped to June.
Well, here we are. It’s June 1 and O’Brien has come through on his words (we’ll assume O’Brien actually made the decision yesterday and merely announced it today). And, as expected, senior Matt McGloin
has been named the least destructive option will start for the Nittany Lions this fall.
McGloin led all PSU quarterbacks last season with 1,571 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. O’Brien said that consistency, accuracy and knowledge of the offense were factors in naming McGloin the top QB.
Perhaps more unexpected, though, is that PSU’s No. 2 quarterback will be Paul Jones, not Rob Bolden. Bolden, despite his ongoing struggles, has shared the starting job with McGloin for the past two seasons while Jones has yet to record any passing states for the Nittany Lions (he redshirted in 2010 and sat out last season with academic issues). However, O’Brien is clearly going with potential over playing time in regards to the backup spot.