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JoePa won't name starting QB till fall

Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2011 7:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With Rob Bolden having asked for a release from his scholarship and his mother refusing this week to rule out a second such request before the 2011 season, you might have expected the Nittany Lions to either name Bolden their starter (and likely guarantee his presence in State College this fall) or name rival Matt McGloin the man and put the QB controversy behind them.

But Joe Paterno and his staff have never cared much for what other people might expect, which is why Paterno on Saturday said no decision would be made on the starting quarterback position until later this year.

As for what that might mean for Bolden, Paterno said he expects him to stay. But even he's not saying for certain, as the Patriot-News reports:
When asked if he would name a starting quarterback after practices and the spring game, Paterno said, “No need to. No sense in doing it.

“…I would say I’m 99 percent sure it’s going to be one of the two kids (Bolden and McGloin).”

Paterno reiterated his belief that Bolden will stay and says the sophomore has looked happy in practice. Paterno plans to meet with Bolden next week about a final decision.
Paterno didn't mince words about the other quarterbacks in the competition, saying redshirt freshman Paul Jones " has to work his way into" McGloin and Bolden's comfort level and former heir apparent Kevin Newsome is sometimes "the last guy to the practice field."

But it's not news that the decision is down to McGloin and Bolden. It's the next headline -- either that Bolden has chosen to move on, or that he's chosen to stay, or who exactly is the starter -- that will be the one that might define the Nittany Lions' season.

And oh, about that spring game: McGloin threw the only touchdown pass in a weather-marred 10-0 "win" for Blue over White. The game was called just a couple of minutes into the second half due to rain.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2011 2:53 pm
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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2011 2:43 pm

JoePa won't name starting QB till fall

Actually, Paterno is not naming a quarterback until fall because he would forget who he picked if he did it now.

Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:41 pm

JoePa won't name starting QB till fall

really a stupid thing to say

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2011 10:39 am

If he lives that long...

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: April 17, 2011 9:10 am

JoePa won't name starting QB till fall

Who cares what the "old goat" has to say.  The QB situation, regardless who is named is sub standard, and PSU will have a losing season.  Please retire Joe.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:01 am

JoePa won't name starting QB till fall

I think Paterno knows who his starter is but wants to keep a fire under each individual to get them better.  Competition for everyone helps make a better football team.  If I personally had to choose from todays efforts, hands down I would choose McGloin.  He just looks more comfortable in the pocket, throws the ball with touch, and anticipates his throws.  The others right now don't look comfortable and unless the coaching staff see something different in practice, McGloin will be PSU's starter in the fall. 

Yes I have said it, McGloin will be Penn States starting quarterback!

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