Paterno Happy With QB Situation

PSU coach said he is comfortable with McGloin or Bolden as a starter. But as spring ball comes to a conclusion, he has yet to settle on a first-teamer.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno, speaking on the Big Ten conference call Wednesday afternoon, pronounced himself “very pleased” with his team's quarterback situation, and said either Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin are “ready to go and play, and can do a good job for us.”

“I don't know which one of those would start if we were going to start the season this week,” Paterno said. “Both of them are ready to go, (and) will be ready to go.”

Wide receiver Derek Moye, who also appeared on the call, said Bolden and McGloin have been splitting practice time with the first string during spring practice, which concludes with the Blue-White Game Saturday at 2 p.m.

“They have both looked really good,” Moye said. “You can tell they both want the quarterback position to be theirs. It's going to be a tight battle again this year. I think we'll be in good hands with whoever coach decides to pick.”

Bolden became the first freshman to start a season opener at QB under Paterno in 2010, but by the end of the year had lost the job to McGloin, in part because he suffered a concussion in the seventh game, against Minnesota. Bolden has said he was mulling a transfer as the season wore on and his playing time dwindled, and after he did not appear against Florida in the Outback Bowl -- a game in which McGloin was intercepted five times -- he said he wanted to leave.

But Paterno would not release him from his scholarship, so Bolden had little choice but to return this spring.

Moye said Wednesday that his “best feeling” is that Bolden will be back in the fall as well.

“He's performed really well,” Moye said. “I think he's given himself a great opportunity to compete for the job. I don't see any reason for him to actually leave.”

Paul Jones and Kevin Newsome have been sharing the second-team snaps at QB in spring drills, according to Moye. Paterno confirmed that Bolden and McGloin are running ahead of the other two.

“Bolden in particular has got a tremendous amount of ability -- a big tall kid that can really throw the football,” Paterno said. “May not move around quite as well as McGloin now, but it's close. I feel pretty good about our quarterback situation.”

• Moye, who had a team-high 53 catches last year, said there is “a chance” he might play Saturday, after suffering a concussion in a scrimmage two weeks ago. He said the symptoms started to dissipate last weekend.

• Paterno was also asked about whether he has taken a more active role in practice this spring, as some of his players have said.

“I don't think I did a particularly good job last year, to be frank with you,” he said. “Part of it was I didn't want to push some of the younger kids. We were a very, very young football team last year -- probably the youngest team I've had. And we had a lot of kids bumped up.

“I have not knowingly gone out and said I'm going to do more, but I have been aware of the fact that I think we've got to do one heck of a coaching job, starting with the head coach. … I've enjoyed this team. I still enjoy coaching and thank God the Good Lord's kept me healthy. I can run around a little bit out there, get involved in it -- the drills and different things. If it appears to the kids I'm working harder, good. I'm glad to hear that. I don't know whether I'm really working harder at it. I hope I'm doing a better job than I did last year, let's put it that way.”

• Paterno said the Lions have made “some progress” along the offensive line, which returns two starters.

But, he added, “We still have a long way to go. We're not a domineering bunch of kids up front. We've had troubles with people that are stronger, maybe a little quicker. But technique-wise we're getting better. The camaraderie that you have to have on the offensive line, the pride that goes with a really good offensive line, we don't have that yet. But we're working on it.”

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