Penn State Football Camp: Joe Paterno 'Doubts' Stephfon Green Will Return

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Penn State Football Camp: Matt McGloin, Rob Bolden Remain In Quarterback Mix

With all the concern over Joe Paterno's injury during practice last Sunday and running back Stephfon Green's suspension from the team, it was easy to forget Penn State is currently in the middle of a quarterback competition during the Nittany Lions' media day on Tuesday.

Both Rob Bolden and Matthew McGloin are still square in the middle of the race for the starting quarterback job, however, as the countdown to Penn State's opener against Indiana State on Sept. 3 dips blow three weeks. It might be awhile before we find out who the winner is, too.

"We don't want to put an arbitrary date on [naming a starter] and say 'We're gonna name it on this date,' simply because it's a date," quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno said. "We're going to try and let all the votes get in before we make a decision."

With that, it looks like the competition will drag out at least a little bit longer. Paterno also acknowledged both players could see action, though he says the coaching staff has yet to have any serious conversations about that type of arrangement.

It seems like that's a situation head coach Joe Paterno would like to avoid, however.

"I think the team and everyone would prefer to have one guy in the huddle and in the clutch, you always know what you're going to get from him," Paterno said. "I've tried to not make up my mind until I have to. But I do think that it's a decision that, obviously, has to be made sometime down the line." 

Both quarterbacks appear confident they'll be named the starter when the decision comes down.

McGloin, who took over the starting job when Bolden was injured against Minnesota and started five of the Lions final six games last season, is trying to shake off a miserable Outback Bowl in which he threw five interceptions against Florida and came close to throwing a few more.

Though he did help the Lions boost their offensive production the second half of the season by throwing for 1,548 yards and 14 touchdowns, he's faced criticism all offseason stemming from his rough day in Tampa. He's still operating with the mindset that he'll be the guy, though, as the Daily Collegian's Mike Still reports.

"In any quarterback competition, I think the quarterback has to go in thinking he’s the guy, or else he’s going to get blown away," McGloin said. "You need to know that, knowing that every rep I get in there, I need to make the most of it. You have to have the sense of confidence because the team responds to it, too."

Bolden started eight games for Penn State in 2010 and was named the winner of the quarterback competition a year ago. He threw for 1,360 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions before ceding the job to McGloin.

He expressed a similar mindset to his teammate, and would like a resolution to the competition sooner than later as ESPN.com's Brian Bennett reports.

"The sooner, the better," Bolden said. "Just like last year, I hope it's not like the day before the game. We'd definitely like to know sometime soon."

For more on Penn State's quarterback battle, check out Jay Paterno's full comments to GoPSUSports.com below.


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Penn State Football Camp: Joe Paterno Addresses Injury Situation

Joe Paterno's injury last Sunday during one of Penn State's preseason practice sessions had a number of media members questioning his ability to lead the Nittany Lions in 2011 and beyond. At the team's media day on Tuesday, however, Paterno expressed confidence, saying he'll "absolutely" coach the team's Sept. 3 opener against Indiana State from the sideline and expects to be back to full strength soon.

"Physically, I feel great outside of [the pain]," Paterno said. "It hurts. If I told you I could get up here and run around, no, I can't. In about eight or nine days I should be able to do everything without having some guy driving me around telling me what to look at." 

After being told initially he suffered a hairline fracture of his pelvis, Paterno revealed Tuesday later tests found he did not, in fact, have a fracture. For that reason, Paterno said his doctor expects him to be "100 percent" within 10 days.

Asked if he ever feels like he's getting too old to be coaching major college football, Paterno acknowledged last Sunday's incident made him wonder a little bit. He doesn't believe it's quite his time yet, however.

"I've got different guys in different things. I tell them what I want to get done on the practice field," Paterno said. "I keep talking to them about personnel. Thank God we've got things like conference calls and all of that kind of stuff. There's no need to get out of it yet. I'm going to see if I can get the job done. Right now, I'm anxious just to get back and get going."

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Penn State Football Camp: Curtis Drake's Status Still Up In The Air

In the spring, Penn State coach Joe Paterno ruled wide receiver Curtis Drake out for the 2011 season with a leg injury. And though there was hope at the football team's Lift For Life event in July that Drake would be able to return for the full campaign. Paterno again put the brakes on any ideas of Drake getting on the field in the near future at Penn State's media day on Tuesday. 

"He's working at it and Curtis has done a good job," Paterno said. "Drake has a lot of leadership qualities and he's a great athlete. The sooner he gets back, the better I like it. But right now, I think the docs still aren't comfortable yet that we can put him out there without a good percentage that he might get hurt."

Paterno also said Drake has to get better academically.

The Nittany Lions' offense will certainly miss the dynamic abilities Drake brings to the table. A quarterback in high school, Drake could help Penn State deploy some wildcat packages if he gets back at any point this season. The wide receiving corps is deep, though, with Derek Moye, Devon Smith and Justin Brown all returning, so it's probably for the best that the coaching and medical staffs are taking their time getting Drake back into the fold.

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Penn State Football Camp: Joe Paterno "Doubts" Stephfon Green Will Return

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