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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Penn State turns to Matt McGloin at QB

By Adam Rittenberg

Rob Bolden appeared to make some progress from an apparent concussion this week, but not enough to get back on the field for Penn State on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions instead will turn to sophomore Matt McGloin as their starting quarterback against Michigan, according to multiple reports.

There has been no official announcement from Penn State, which says McGloin, Bolden and Kevin Newsome all are practicing this week. But all signs point to McGloin getting the nod against the Wolverines.

McGloin sounded very confident about his offseason progress when we spoke in the preseason, and he threw two touchdowns in relief of Bolden last Saturday as Penn State beat Minnesota. The former walk-on isn't the type of player who gets the fan base jazzed, but he'll be mentally ready and confident in the spotlight against Michigan.

The Wolverines' defense hasn't stopped anyone in Big Ten play, so McGloin should have some opportunities to attack down the field to Derek Moye and Penn State's other talented receivers.

McGloin talked this week about the need to control the clock and keep Denard Robinson and the Wolverines' offense off the field Saturday night. He made some mistakes against Minnesota, but will benefit from a full week of preparation.

"I don't think I played up to my potential," McGloin said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "Give me a week of practice, a lot more reps, some looks at the scout team mimicking their defense. I think I can go out there and play really, really well."

We'll find out Saturday night.