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Outback Bowl, Penn State Vs. Florida: Matt McGloin "The Quarterback" To Close 2010

The quarterback position has been in a state of flux all season for Penn State.

True freshman Robert Bolden started the first seven games for the Nittany Lions, but after a concussion early in a win over Minnesota in October, Bolden never got the reigns to the offense back. In Bolden's starts, Penn State went 4-3.

Matthew McGloin took over in Penn State's win over Michigan at the end of October. He compiled a 3-2 record, and the Lions saw a boost in their scoring average from 19.8 under Bolden to 30.6 under McGloin.

For that reason, it appears Penn State will move forward with McGloin at quarterback, at least for now, according to coach Joe Paterno.

I think that Matt is the quarterback. Now the other kid has a lot of ability but he is a true freshman in the truest sense of the word- he wasn't even here for spring practice. He came in and unfortunately we had to start him a few games early until the other kid (Rob Bolden) started to show some promise. I think we are all right at quarterback. We are not great. We have had some problems with our offensive line early but we are getting a little bit better. I think that Matt has done a good job for us.

Moving forward, it's unlikely Penn State could go wrong with either player under center, as both showed a lot of promise in their starts this season. Both also have at least two years of eligibility remaining, meaning that down the road, both have a chance to develop into very good quarterbacks for Paterno's squad.

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