Penn State coach Joe Paterno said Tuesday that his two quarterbacks, junior Matt McGloin and sophomore Rob Bolden, will play in Saturday’s season opener against Indiana State, but added he hasn’t yet made up his mind who will start.
“Both of those kids have done very well,” Paterno said at his first weekly teleconference of the season. “Both worked hard this summer and had really good pre-seasons. I’m not a guy that likes to play two quarterbacks but I think I’ll play both of them on Saturday.
“They’re both ready to play and have done everything we’ve asked them to do. Both can take our football team and get us playing as well as they can play offensively.”
Later when pressed on who would be the starter, Paterno said, “I don’t think it makes any difference who starts. Both are going to play. But we have three days of practice left so we’ll see what happens.”
Paterno said he is more concerned with the team’s depth on the offensive line. He said he’d like to have a backup at each position but hasn’t quite reached that point, adding that some starting linemen would back up at other positions.
“We’re probably shallow a couple of offensive linemen for me to feel comfortable, that if somebody went down we’d have a backup at that position,” he said. “Our first offensive line is good enough but if we have a couple of injuries there, we might have some problems early.”
Paterno also said there was a “50-50” chance he’d be able to coach on the sidelines on Saturday. He has not completely healed from injuries to his shoulder and hip sustained on Aug. 7 when wide receiver Devon Smith ran into him while chasing down a pass. He still moves through practice on a golf cart and walks with a cane.
“I’ve made good progress,” he said. “I still can’t move too fast and that worries some people. But I have three or four more days before I make up my mind on what I’m going to do.”
Paterno also said he met recently with more than 15 seniors at his home to discuss what to do about team captains. The decision was to conduct a vote, which took place Monday, and then announce the selections later this week, probably on Thursday.
On another matter, Paterno said senior running back Stephfon Green, who returned to the team last weekend after being asked to leave by the coach, had earned the right to come back, having gotten academics and some personal issues in order.
Regarding punter-kicker Anthony Fera, the coach said he’s going to “play it by ear” before reinstating the sophomore back into his good graces. Fera had pled guilty earlier this month to a pair of summary offenses.