Penn State Football: Matt McGloin Era Is Here To Stay

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Penn State Football: Matt McGloin Era Is Here To Stay
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You have already heard the buzz around Happy Valley.

You have already heard about this new quarterback, who has already changed the Nittany Lions' season in three games.

But the question is, will this last?  Or will Robert Bolden reassume command of the offense next year?  Or even in upcoming games?

There certainly are many things that can happen in the rest of the season, but one person will still be standing at the end, Matt McGloin.

He has rejuvenated this offense, and this entire football team.  He has given this team confidence that as long as he is behind center, there is always a chance for a victory.

During the first quarter of play, when Bolden was under center, the Penn State team seemed to have no emotion and no will to win.

The Nittany Lions were playing for Joe Paterno's 400th career win, and yet they looked like their hearts weren't in the game.

They looked defeated and dejected, but something happened.

When Bolden went down, he appeared to be shaken up. He was taken off to the sideline, and there was a pause amongst the team and the 104,000 fans in attendance at this historic game.

All eyes were on Joe Paterno.  What would he do now?

When I was standing there, on the sideline, even my eyes were fixed on Paterno.

All of a sudden, I saw the legend run over to Matt McGloin with all his might. Paterno hit McGloin in the chest as if to say, "Are you ready?"

McGloin looked up and nodded, and all at once in an instant, the Penn State team roared in excitement. Their eyes lit up and their will to win ignited, all in a matter of seconds.

McGloin proceeded to take a slow jog onto the field, and as I saw the joy and sheer determination in the players' eyes, I realized that this is our guy.

Bolden sat on the sideline, with his head down, by himself. I felt for him, because he has given so much for this team, at only 18 years of age.

Yet in one game, Matt McGloin won over the loyalty of this Penn State football team. He gives them confidence, emotion and determination on the football field.

Once on the field, McGloin was near perfect, throwing four touchdowns to give Joe Paterno one of the greatest honors ever in college football history for a coach.

Joe Paterno transformed from a Penn State and college football icon and hero to a living legend, all in one game, with Matt McGloin under center.

Matt McGloin is a leader.  He is a winner.  He is determined, and he has all of the Penn State football team and all of Happy Valley rallying behind him.

He is the future.

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