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Coaches Take Over for Paterno, Discuss QB Battle

Curley and several of Paterno’s underlings filled in at the event, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. The most interesting questions pertained to the Nittany Lions’ uncertain quarterback position:

Would it be sophomore Kevin Newsome, the primary backup to Daryll Clark last season? Former walk-on Matt McGloin? True freshman Paul Jones, an early enrollee who arrived in State College in January?

[Offensive coordinator Galen] Hall said the starting position might not be filled until August, but his remarks suggested that, at least for the moment, Newsome and McGloin are ahead of Jones and another highly regarded true freshman, Robert Bolden, who won’t be on campus until the summer.

“We would like to make a decision as soon as possible, but it’s going to be a very tough competition,” Hall said. "It might drag on a little bit...

“Kevin has a little more escape ability than Matt. I don’t know whether Matt is a stronger-armed player, but he throws the ball maybe with a little more consistency right now. Both players have strong points, but both have a lot to work on.”

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