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Penn State Needs to Stop Playing QB Roulette with Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks to pass against the Florida Gators January 1, 2011 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Dominic ErricoCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

The Penn State Nittany Lions have been walking a tightrope act so far this year by refusing to name an outright No. 1 quarterback. In my opinion, the only thing keeping them on the rope is a stifling defense that ranks 10th in the NCAA.

Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin have both taken significant snaps for the Blue and White with mixed results. If I am being honest here, I really don't think either is strong enough to lead Penn State to a Big Ten championship, but playing the revolving door isn't helping the situation.

I'm struggling to understand why Matt McGloin hasn't been named the starter by now. His 63 percent completion percentage destroys the disgusting 46.5 percent Bolden has posted. No-brainer, right?

McGloin has three touchdowns versus zero interceptions. Bolden on the other hand has one touchdown against three interceptions. Another no-brainer.

McGloin also outproduced Rob Bolden in 2010, so I'm really not sure what he has to do further to prove he's the right guy for the job. The only knock against McGloin is his awful five-interception performance in the Outback Bowl against Florida. 

Penn State did not record a passing touchdown until their FOURTH game this year. I know the offense is built around Silas Redd, Brandon Beachum and Curtis Dukes in the rushing attack, but you can't be a good football team by being completely one-dimensional—eventually the competition level increases; we saw what happened against Alabama. 

The reason for the inconsistency on offense is because the receivers can't get used to one style or the other and build off that. When your starting quarterback has gone four games, has a completion percentage under 50 percent, and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, it's time to go with Matt McGloin. 

It's time for the coaching staff to do what's right for Penn State, and end the disaster that is the Rob Bolden era. He's had more chances than anyone deserves, and has blown them all. 

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