Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Penn State Nittany Lions went in to the spring with a competition at quarterback between four players, though it seems at times that the battle is more of a two horse race. The general consensus is that Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden are the most likely to earn the job seeing as how both players started games for Penn State last season. Jay Paterno says that there's been improvement amongst all four quarterbacks this spring, and that if the Nittany Lions were to play a game right now, he has an idea about which one would get the start.
"We had an idea of who would start if there was a game this month," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But don`t ask me who it is, because I`m not going to tell you."
Who is going to be the starting quarterback, Jay Paterno? I DEMAND you tell me!
Okay, since you won't, I'm just going to have to recklessly speculate about the matter. As we all know, last season Rob Bolden began the year as Penn State's starter. After suffering a concussion, Bolden was replaced by McGloin, and McGloin never gave him the job back. Which then led to Bolden requesting a transfer after the season was over and Joe Paterno saying "nuh uh." Since then Penn State has been forced to placate to Bolden a bit, because having a quarterback on your roster that doesn't want to be there generally isn't good for your team.
So, surely, if it were Bolden whom Jay Paterno had in mind as the starter this fall, he'd come out and say that Bolden was out in front, right? Let's see if we can read between the lines of Paterno's praise for Bolden.
Since [Bolden's transfer request and denial], Jay Paterno said he has spoken to Bolden on multiple occasions.
"He feels comfortable with us and comfortable with where he is at. They were very, very good discussions for the most part," Paterno said, refusing to reveal details. "We`ll see."
Paterno added that Bolden "is a different guy right now in terms of his command of the offense, coming out of the huddle, leadership."
He said Bolden also is speaking up more than he did a year ago. One day this spring, Bolden caught three consecutive bad shotgun snaps.
After the third one, Paterno said Bolden took the football and "kind of flicked it at the center and said, `You better cut that out.`
"That wouldn`t have happened last fall."
Okay, so you have a chance to say how well Bolden has been playing, and the thing you choose to talk about is how he threw a football at his center and said "cut that out?" Yeah, Matt McGloin is going to be the starter, you guys.