Saturday, February 6, 2016

Penn State's McGloin honored by Big Ten

After the best performance of the season by a Penn State quarterback on Saturday, junior Matt McGloin was named the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week on Monday. McGloin was 14-of-17 for 220 yards and three passing touchdowns on his four drives in Penn State's 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State's McGloin honored by Big Ten

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After the best performance of the season by a Penn State quarterback on Saturday, junior Matt McGloin was named the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week on Monday. McGloin was 14-of-17 for 220 yards and three passing touchdowns on his four drives in Penn State's 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

McGloin shared the conference honor with Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

The Scranton native completed passes to nine different Nittany Lions on Saturday. He could have led four touchdown drives, but fullback Michael Zordich fumbled into the end zone and out of bounds for an Eastern Michigan touchback in the second quarter.

McGloin split repetitions with sophomore Rob Bolden for the fourth straight game. Bolden, who has also started all four games, went 7-of-13 for 115 yard and tossed one touchdown and one interception. 

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Did McGloin separate himself from Bolden in the race to become Penn State's lone signal caller?

"I don't know. I guess we will see," McGloin said after the game. "I have to go back and look at the film (Monday) and see how I played overall and give myself a good evaluation. If (Coach Joe Paterno) wants to continue to do the two-quarterback system, that's fine. But, like I said, it's not up to me. I just have to continue to take it one practice at a time."

Paterno said after the game that he thought both quarterbacks played well on Saturday and did not make any indication that a decision to pick one quarterback would be made in time for the team's season opener at Indiana on Saturday.

For the season, McGloin is 34-of-54 for 421 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Bolden is 33-of-71 for 388 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. 

--Jake Kaplan

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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.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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