It's looking less and less likely that Penn State quarterback Matthew McGloin is going to play in the TicketCity Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2 as he continues to recover from a possible concussion sustained Dec. 17 in an altercation with teammate Curtis Drake.
That makes it ever more likely that former starter and current backup Rob Bolden will get the call for the Nittany Lions against the Cougars. The sophomore has thrown for 548 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions this season. He was replaced by McGloin as the started mid-way through the season. For that reason, he'll have to work back into the first team groove, something teammates and interim head coach Tom Bradley is confident he can do, writes Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"Is he going to be a little rusty? Probably," redshirt junior center Matt Stankiewitch said. "But hopefully we can get a lot of that rust out in practice."
Bolden took all of the snaps with the first-team offense Wednesday. Shane McGregor, a redshirt junior walk-on, is the backup. He played sparingly in two games this year, completing 1 of 4 passes for 12 yards.
"[Bolden's] done pretty well," Bradley said. "He keeps getting more comfortable every day, and he's working hard. It's just a matter of getting the reps again.
McGloin still has some time to get healthy, but the good bet now is probably that Bolden will start and see most, if not all, of the action.