Paterno says McGloin will start against Michigan

Posted: October 29, 2010

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin will likely start at quarterback Saturday night when the Nittany Lions host Michigan.

"We're going to go with Mac," Paterno said Thursday on the Penn State Football Show on radio. "I think he can get the job done."

McGloin, who came to Penn State as a walk-on but was awarded a scholarship after last season, relieved freshman Rob Bolden on Saturday and completed 6 of 13 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-21 win over Minnesota.

Bolden, who started Penn State's first seven games, suffered concussion-like symptoms after a second-quarter hit. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno said earlier on the radio show that Bolden has been cleared to play and practiced some this week, but that the starter would be a game-time decision.

Sophomore Kevin Newsome, who had been Bolden's backup until Saturday, is expected to see some playing time.

"The whole visual"

While it may be next to impossible to duplicate the speed and moves of Michigan's Denard Robinson in getting ready to play the Wolverines, Penn State is doing what it can to simulate what it will see from the quarterback.

Right down to his dreadlocks.

Nittany Lions linebackers Chris Colasanti and Michael Mauti said this week that little-used defensive back Evan Lewis, a former star quarterback at Gettysburg High, was playing quarterback for the scout team in practice while wearing a wig under his helmet.

"I guess they wanted us to get the whole visual," said Colasanti, the Lions' leading tackler. "Evan's a great athlete and he's playing his role really well."

Mauti agreed that the coaches were giving the defense "the full effect," and praised Lewis' work.

"This kid is shifty," he said. "He doesn't have blazing speed, but he's been making guys miss at practice. He's been doing a great job all week."

Others imitating Robinson - without the wig - are a pair of redshirt players: quarterback Paul Jones and wide receiver Alex Kenney, a former Pennsylvania high school sprint champion.

Wisniewski honored

Senior guard Stefen Wisniewski was named a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete, one of 16 chosen from all NCAA and NAIA divisions.

Wisniewski, who carries a 3.91 grade-point average as a secondary education major, will receive an $18,000 scholarship for postgraduate studies. He also is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented to the nation's premier college football scholar-athlete.

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