Penn State Football: Is There a New Starting Quarterback in Happy Valley?

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Penn State Football: Is There a New Starting Quarterback in Happy Valley?
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Joe Paterno

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a quarterback controversy in Happy Valley.

Joe Paterno and the coaching staff have a decision to make that will decide the rest of the 2010 Nittany Lion football season.

Robert Bolden or Matt McGloin?

The week leading up to the big contest against Michigan was filled with questions surrounding the quarterbacks for Penn State.

Would Robert Bolden be fit to start after suffering a concussion the week before against Minnesota?

Who is second in line behind Bolden, Kevin Newsome or Matt McGloin?

These questions were all answered for us in the game against Michigan, and then some.

Matt McGloin proved he can lead this team, and he can do it in the biggest of games.

Was it Kirk Herbstreit saying that Penn State wouldn't be able to move the ball against Michigan without Bolden?

After the game against Michigan, McGloin joked around with the sideline reporter and said that he was "gunning" for Herbstreit after he picked in favor of Michigan to win the game against Penn State.

Whatever the reason, McGloin had a phenomenal performance for being thrown into the starting position in the most important Big Ten matchup so far this season.

I think I can speak for everyone who was watching the game in saying that McGloin showed tremendous touch on the football, finding his receivers all over the field perfectly in stride.

I had the pleasure of attending the game, and got the opportunity to sit amongst the fans to get their point of views on McGloin and his performace.

Some fans didn't even know his name, saying his last name might be "Brown."

Once I heard that, I knew this guy had a chance to make a name for himself with this team.

A sophomore who takes over in the middle of the season and leads this team to a bowl game?

Now that's a way to win over Penn State fans.

When I asked other fans, they were impressed, but would rather have Bolden under center.

Others were sold after McGloin's performance, and thought he should be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

There is certainly room for debate, as Bolden is the first true freshman to ever start under Joe Paterno.  He has held the reins for this organization thus far, and has done a good job, considering the fact he is only 18 years old.

Bolden has time to grow, and we can appreciate the effort he has put in, but it is time for Bolden to take a seat and watch from the sidelines for a couple games and learn about the game from a new point of view.

McGloin is older, he has more experience and has proven that he is capable of controlling the offense, keeping momentum in favor of the blue and white and simply completing passes.

The offense never looked better than in the game against Michigan, and from the atmosphere of Beaver Stadium, everyone was loving Matt McGloin under center.

When McGloin threw his only touchdown pass of the day, I was very impressed with his confidence and accuracy. 

McGloin took the snap, rolled out to his right a bit, was under pressure, but stayed poised, spotted Graham Zug running toward the corner of the end zone and put in right on the money for a perfect touchdown play.

He walked to the sidelines with his hands raised in triumph, as Beaver Stadium erupted with excitement and boisterous yells of celebration.

After that play, I knew McGloin was ready to lead this team.

This Penn State team needs a leader.  Someone who can bring the offense in during the huddle and tell them exactly what needs to be done in order to put points on the board.

Right now, McGloin is the starting quarterback this football team needs.

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