Daryll Clark and Pat Devlin spoke to the media Wednesday morning, their first opportunity to do so since Joe Paterno named Clark the starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against Coastal Carolina.
Here's a Q&A with Clark, followed by one with Devlin.
First, some insight ...
* Clark sounded happy but wasn't bragging or celebrating. He stated repeatedly how close the competition was between him and Devlin.
* Devlin sounded frustrated, which was to be expected. He also was asked if he may consider transferring, and he paused for four seconds before answering. Read into that what you will.
Q: Were you surprised when Joe Paterno said you had won the starting job?
A: I wouldn't say surprised. I really didn't know what was going to happen, to be honest with you. I mean the competition was really tight throughout the spring and throughout the preseason, so I didn't know what Joe was going to tell us. Once we sat down with him and he had told me, I just lit up.
Q: What were your emotions?
A: I was just real excited when he told me.
Q: How did you feel the rest of the day after learning you would be starting?
A: I just handled it with a level head. I really didn't go out and celebrate or anything. Obviously my dad has been the one that's been in my corner the most, so I called him and let him know what happened, and he lit up and was very excited. ...
I feel now that, OK, that's one step, but it doesn't stop here. Now it's really time to go to work. You won the starting job, so let's try and go out and win some games.
Q: What separated you from Pat Devlin and what was the clincher for you getting the job?
A: Honestly I really don't know because, as I said earlier, the competition was tight. He did well. Paul [Cianciolo] did well. I feel that I did well during the preseason, and it was too close to call working on the inside. ... When I did something good, [Devlin] did something good.
Q: Will both quarterbacks be playing Saturday?
A: Since the competition was so tight, it's only right to play us both and see how it pans out.
Q: How much do you expect to play Saturday?
A: All Joe said is we will see. ... Obviously it all depends on how the game goes. You know, God forbid I play terrible and have to get yanked. But if everything goes well, I don't really know if Pat will get put in when the game is still in the balance.
Q: How will it fill sitting in the first seat on the team bus on the way to the stadium Saturday?
A: This is what you've been waiting on. This is a long time coming. I've been very patient, very quiet about everything and just kept a level head about everything because I knew that this time was going to come.
Q: Have you said anything to encourage Devlin?
A: I can feel his pain. Like I said, it was real close. It could have easily went the other way. We're probably going to be roomed together over at the hotel on Friday night, and I'm almost for certain that maybe something like this will come up. I'm more than happy to talk to him and tell him how it is because it was like that last year with me.
Q: What does it mean to you that Paterno said he doesn't want you looking over your shoulder during the game?
A: I felt that was really important because that let me know how much confidence that he has in me to run a successful offense. When I had heard that he said that, it made me feel pretty good.
Q: Do you feel like you were named starter for the Coastal Carolina game or for the whole season?
A: I think the Coastal Carolina game. Honestly I'm really not sure about the duration of the season. I think Joe wants to see what happens this Saturday. ... I would hope it's the rest of the season, but I'm just not sure.
Q: Did you get your extra year of eligibility back?
A: I had to pass 80 percent of my credits toward graduation, and I'm already up to 88 percent. So the question of me having that last year is ... I'm going to have it for sure now.
Q: How are you approaching the first game mentally?
A: I'm very excited. Very excited to get the game going, get this offense rolling and try to put up as many points as we can. I'd be lying to you to tell you I wasn't nervous. I'm real nervous on what's going to happen. I want everything to go well.
Q: Do you feel like the Spread HD offense was designed to take advantage of your skills?
A: I would say yes, but Pat can run the show like that, as well.
Q: Did you think the competition for the starting QB job was fair for you and Pat?
A: I think we got pretty much the same opportunity. We shared reps. We had an equal amount of reps with the No. 1 unit. There would be days when he ran the 1s and I would take the 2s, and there would be practices where I would take the 1s and he would take the 2s. It was off and on. We switched a bunch of times. So to say that I had more reps is not true at all because we both had an equal amount.
Q: Might there be a strained relationship between you and Pat now?
A: I hope it doesn't get like that [a strained relationship] because we're pretty good friends. ... I really don't know though, man. I really don't know how he's going to react to this. I'll probably know he is in the hotel on Friday. ... I hope it doesn't turn out to be him being so disappointed he doesn't want to be cool with me anymore. I hope it's not like that.
Q: Could there be cliques in the locker room between supporters of you and Pat?
A: I hope it doesn't get like that. Obviously, I mean let's be honest, there are people on the team that want him in, there are people on the team that want me in. Who? I don't know. But that's just how it is.
Q: Now that Daryll has been named the starter, how does this change things for you?
A: I don't think it changes anything at all. I'm still going out there and working hard every day.
Q: Why do you think Daryll got the job?
A: To tell you the truth, I couldn't really tell you. I just had a meeting with Coach, and he said that Daryll was a little more accurate [with] passes.
Q: Did you expect to win the job?
A: I felt like I played, umm, I don't ever feel like I lost the job. ... I never remember any point where I would feel like, man, I really lost the job today or anything like that.
Q: Do you get the sense you'll play a lot Saturday?
A: Yeah, I kind of have that sense a little bit. The coaches said they want to put me in some spot situations when it matters still.
Q: What has Jay Paterno said to you?
A: He hasn't said too much. We've just kind of been going about our business getting ready for the game. I mean, he just kind of said, 'be ready, approach this week like a game week.'
Q: Did you feel like it was a fair competition between you and Daryll.
A: Yeah. I felt like I got some reps with the first team. ... But yeah, I think it was fair.
Q: Are you still fighting for the starting job next week or beyond?
A Yeah, absolutely. Like I said, I'm just going out trying to practice as hard as I can and just improve myself.
Q: What does losing the competition do to your psyche?
A: It really wears on you a little bit. I came out to practice [Tuesday] and kind of had a slow start, so you got to think that could have played a little part in it.
Q: Did Joe say what the plans will be for you this year?
Q: Do you think you should get to play?
I don't feel like I beat him, but I feel like I've earned a chance to play.
Q: How much did Clark's experience play in the decision?
A: I don't really know how much experience Daryll really has. Like, I'm not sure how many passes he's had in a game or anything like that.
Q: Is there a possibility you may transfer?
A: Right, um -- (four-second pause) -- I don't think so. Right now I've kind of been consumed with this, fighting for the job, so right as of now I'm just going to continue to work hard and keep doing my thing.
Q: How did you do in the preseason?
A: I need to improve on my footwork, I feel like. Apparently I need to improve on my accuracy. ... I fumbled a ball in one of the scrimmages, and you can't fumble the ball. Joe's got a big thing on that.
Q: Did Joe and Jay say Daryll is the starter for the rest of the season?
A: They never said that flat out.
Q: Are you mad about the decision?
A: I don't know what the feeling is. It's maybe disappointment. I don't know. it's probably a lot of feelings mixed into one. I'd have to say it's mostly disappointment. You work so hard for something, and you feel pretty good about it. And the next day they tell you you're not going to start.