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McGloin to start for PSU vs. Michigan; JoePa hopes to use only one QB
October 28, 2010 - Cory Giger
Matt McGloin will start Saturday for Penn State, and if Joe Paterno gets his wish, McGloin will be the only quarterback the team uses.
"We're gonna go with Mac," Paterno said Thursday night on his weekly radio show.
Rob Bolden, who suffered a concussion last week at Minnesota, has been cleared to play, quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno said on the radio program. Bolden, though, did very little in practice all week and wasn't involved in much of the game preparation.
JoePa had said Tuesday he doubted Bolden would be able to play and that there would be an open competition between McGloin and Kevin Newsome. Paterno acknowledged Thursday night what has been known for decades when he said, "I've always been a one-quarterback man."
That philosophy will be put to the test Saturday with all three quarterbacks available to play.
"I hope I don't have to use more than one, but if we have to we will," JoePa said.
It surprised some people that McGloin was first off the bench at Minnesota after Bolden went out with a concussion late in the first half. Newsome had been used as second string up to that point in the season.
Jay Paterno said it was always a 2A and 2B setup with Newsome and McGloin, and that the situation in a game would dictate who would be used first.
Newsome had been sick on the Thursday before the Minnesota game, and that coupled with a minor left knee injury opened the door for McGloin to surpass him.
Jay Paterno also mentioned what some people had speculated -- that Bolden might have actually been hurt on the series before he suffered the concussion, then the second hit "put him over the edge" to where he couldn't play.
McGloin completed 6-of-13 passes for 76 yards, two TDs and one interception in a 33-21 win over the Gophers. The redshirt-sophomore, a former walk-on, completed the first pass of his career in that game and will make his first start this week.