Friday, February 5, 2016

O'Brien names McGloin No. 1 QB, says Drake off team

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said Matt McGloin has been named the team's starting quarterback, and that former West Catholic star Curtis Drake is no longer with the Nittany Lions.

O'Brien names McGloin No. 1 QB, says Drake off team

Penn State head coach Bill O´Brien named Matt McGloin the team´s number one quarterback. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien named Matt McGloin the team's number one quarterback. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday that Matt McGloin will be the starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions.

O'Brien also said that defensive back Curtis Drake, the former West Catholic star who had a checkered career as a Nittany Lion, is off the team and won't be back.

O'Brien spoke with reporters at Penn State's Coaches vs. Cancer golf tournament.

O'Brien said McGloin, a senior who has been Penn State's statistical leader among quarterbacks the last two seasons, was the most consistent of the quarterbacks in the spring and had the best grasp of the offense.

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He said sophomore Paul Jones would be the No. 2 quarterback and junior Rob Bolden, who has started the most games of any QB the last two seasons, was third-string.

O'Brien would not give any reason why Drake, who was moved from wide receiver to cornerback before spring practice, was off the team.

Drake was involved in a locker-room scuffle with McGloin after a mid-December practice, resulting in a concussion that kept McGloin out of the TicketCity Bowl. Drake did not make the trip to Dallas.

O'Brien, the Nittany Lions' first-year head coach, said Drake had "a clean slate" with him, and that he and Drake had "many conversations" prior to the start of spring ball.

"He's got to keep up his end of the bargain by doing well in school and keeping his nose clean," O'Brien said.

Drake twice suffered a broken left leg during his Penn State career, and was cited twice for disorderly conduct for off-campus fights.

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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