McGloin: "I deserve to be on the field first"

Penn State quarterback disagrees with the idea that he is better suited to come off the bench. And he makes no bones about the fact that he wants to start for the Nittany Lions.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno is adamant that the Nittany Lions have two first-team QBs.

If that's the case, then why has sophomore Rob Bolden started all five games this season while redshirt junior Matt McGloin has come off the bench in each outing?

“One thing that Matt does is Matt gets a good feel after the first couple of drives -- and we (as a staff) get a good feel -- as to how (the defense is) gonna play us,” Paterno said after PSU held on to beat Indiana 16-10 here Saturday. “I think sometimes that's an advantage.”

McGloin has heard that argument a lot this season -- from fans, the media, head coach Joe Paterno and now his position coach. And he doesn't buy it.

“I really don't agree with it at all,” he said after outperforming Bolden again Saturday. “I would like to be out on the field first. I think I deserve to be out on the field first after the past two games. We'll see.”

McGloin was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week after throwing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Eastern Michigan. He backed that up by completing 10 of 22 passes for 204 yards and a score Saturday.

Over the past two weeks, Bolden is a combined 13 of 27 for 182 yards, two interceptions and one TD. McGloin is 24 of 39 for 424 yards, four TDs and no interceptions in that same stretch.

On the season, McGloin's pass efficiency rating is 144.3. Bolden's is 85.3.

Jay Paterno suggested the media was too wrapped up with the “starter” tab.

“The term 'starter' is something you guys are putting on it,” he said. “We have two (number) ones. It's just one happens to go out and take the first snap. So far as I'm concerned, it's a non-issue.”

Yet when being asking about being a strong player off the pine, McGloin bristled.

“I'm a good player overall, whether I start or come off the bench,” he said.


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