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PSU's Shrive discusses his development and McGloin's competitiveness

April 15, 2011 - Cory Giger
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Eric Shrive came to Penn State as a five-star offensive line recruit, but bouncing around from position to position and needing extra time to learn the offense have prevented him from making an impact on the field yet.

Shrive, who redshirted his freshman year in 2009 and played in just two games last year, already has spent time at every offensive line position except center.

"Right now I'm at right tackle," Shrive said. "I moved around a little bit; I was at guard, at tackle. [Saturday] I'll be playing right tackle for the White team."

That doesn't mean he will remain there.

"Coming into the fall, I don't know if I'll be a guard or tackle," Shrive said. "I'm just trying to get on the field."

Shrive is an impressive specimen at 6-foot-6 and 302 pounds. He was one of the top offensive line recruits in the nation, so many people expected him to make an immediate impact for the Nittany Lions.

That hasn't happened, and one has to wonder if constantly changing positions has hindered his development.

"I think up until this spring it was more of getting the offense down for me," Shrive said. "And now I feel like I'm very comfortable in the offense. I know what I'm supposed to do and where I'm supposed to be, and I think it's just easier for me to get out there and play."

If he stays at right tackle, Shrive would have to beat out returning starter Chima Okoli this fall.

Shrive saw the first action of his career in last year's season opener against Youngstown State, but the only other game he appeared in was week 11 against Indiana.

Today's Blue-White Game will give fans a chance to see how far he has progressed in his two years at PSU.

"It's practice No. 15, but really it's more than a practice," Shrive said. "We're allowed to actually hit each other a little harder. This will be our first time [practicing] outside this year, and I'm looking forward to it."

Shrive played with Matt McGloin in high school at West Scranton, so he knows the quarterback perhaps better than anyone on the team.

"Matt, he was great in high school, and everyone got to see what he can do last year when he got on the field," Shrive said. "So I think Matt's just moving right along, and everything he's doing is the right thing. He's a leader and someone to look up to, and that's how he was in high school."

Shrive also believes McGloin is enjoying battling with Rob Bolden for the starting job.

"Matt's always looked for competition," he said. "He was never one to shy away from competition. He was always, if the defensive backs says something to him, you know he's throwing at you the next play. That's just how he is. I think he loves the competition.

"I think him and Rob are doing a great job, and whoever's the quarterback coming in the fall I think we'll be good."

Shrive spends a lot of his time off the field with the Uplifting Athletes organization, and he is vice president of the group this year. Offensive lineman Mike Farrell has taken over for former receiver Brett Brackett as president.

"My main focus is fundraising," Shrive said. "The last two years I really did a lot with fundraising, and I just help Mike out organizing events and stuff like that."

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