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Bill O’Brien finally names a starting QB for PSU

Matt McGloin AP

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.

With Bolden now officially the reserve QB, questions about his future with the team are bound to come up again even though Bolden’s high school coach has deflected the most recent transfer rumors.

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6 Responses to “Bill O’Brien finally names a starting QB for PSU”
  1. psublueandwhite says: Jun 1, 2012 12:55 PM

    Meh. Not exactly thrilled with this. McGloin has been very erratic and definitely overly confident and cocky at times.

    The only hope is that O’Brien can keep him in check. If he can install some discipline in McGloin then it might not be so bad. He clearly has performed the best. The problem is, he’s also performed poorly when it’s counted too.

    At least Bolden is relegated to #3 and Paul Jones is on the right path now.

  2. eagles512 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    McGloin is terrible. Jones better be starting by week 3.

  3. burm61 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:14 PM

    Talked to Coach Bernhardt (assistant coach at PSU) last week. He said the QB competition wasn’t about who has the most skill but who makes the least amount of mistakes. The offense will consist of a lot of read options.

  4. lbijake says: Jun 1, 2012 2:51 PM

    Coach will start McGloin to take pressure off Jones. Jones will start by week 3, week 4 at the latest

  5. stairwayto7 says: Jun 1, 2012 3:52 PM

    Boldin can go to Estern Michigan now and never be heard from again!

  6. corvusrex96 says: Jun 1, 2012 6:34 PM

    They still have a football team?

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