- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin hates it when people bring up the fact he began his career as a walk-on. Hates. It.
But McGloin's walk-on roots are celebrated today as the Lions senior won the Burlsworth Trophy, given to a player who began his career as a walk-on. Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs and San Jose State offensive lineman David Quessenberry were finalists for the award.
McGloin was the most improved player in the Big Ten this season, at least in my view. After struggling for two seasons as a part-time starter, he blossomed in coach Bill O'Brien's offense, leading the Big Ten in both passing yards (3,271) and passing touchdowns (24). He threw for at least 200 yards and a touchdown in all 12 games and helped Penn State win eight of its final 10 games.
The senior from Scranton, Pa., set team records for career passing touchdowns (46), single-season completions (270), single-season attempts (446), single-season passing yards (3,266) and single-season passing touchdowns (24).
McGloin received the honor at a ceremony in Springdale, Ark.