At this point, everyone knows the story of Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin.
From a seemingly unknown walk-on to splitting time with Rob Bolden, it all finally ended with a record breaking 2012 season that was capped off by winning the Burlsworth Award.
The past five years have been quite a journey for the quarterback from Scranton, Pa.
Has that journey ended yet?
Two years ago, no one would have wondered whether McGloin would ever play on Sundays. However, after leading the B1G in passing and breaking records in Happy Valley, things have changed.
There are still some holes in his game, beginning with his 6’1” stature and his struggles throwing an accurate deep ball. However, McGloin has shown that he is very coachable and dedicated, and he obviously possesses the mental capacity to run Bill O’Brien’s offense.
Here are the three best scenarios for the Penn State quarterback come April 2013.
Getting an invite to a professional team’s training camp would be somewhat like McGloin’s journey through college—he would start at the bottom.
However, if there is anyone who loves to prove people wrong, it’s McGloin.
This year, McGloin proved to most of the nation why O’Brien chose him as Penn State's starter with his 3,266 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.
It’s always tough to make a roster as a training camp invite, but McGloin has the mental toughness to start at the bottom.
Although this isn’t guaranteed money to play professional football, it would be a chance.
By just looking at the 2012 season, it’s obvious McGloin has potential and can continue to develop.
It’s true that he doesn’t have the prototypical build for an NFL quarterback, but that doesn’t mean that McGloin can’t find success.
As a previous coach in New England, O’Brien obviously has relationships with people in the NFL and could help out his senior quarterback.
It would be a huge moment for McGloin if he could get signed to a team.
For this to happen, he would have to continue to show strides of improvement throughout the offseason and at Penn State’s pro day.
This is not to imply that McGloin will literally be taken with the last pick in the 2013 NFL draft, but if he does get drafted, it will be in the later rounds.
This is obviously the best-case scenario for McGloin.
Before you go ripping on him, take a look at the numbers.
In 2011, McGloin completed 125 of 231 passes for 1,571 yards, eight touchdowns, five interceptions and had a 54.1 completion percentage.
In 2012, he completed 270 of 446 passes for 3,266 yards, 24 touchdowns, five interceptions and had a 60.5 completion percentage.
Just one year and a new coach doubled and tripled some of his production, while his number of interceptions thrown remained the same.
In Penn State’s biggest game of the year against Ohio State, McGloin completed 27 of 45 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns.
This isn’t to say McGloin will be a star in the NFL. However, judging by this season’s body of work, McGloin being drafted isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
If McGloin follows his new path of improvement and the fit is right for a team, they might pull the trigger on him late.