The final preseason depth chart released by the school today listed Bolden and McGloin as co-No. 1s, with redshirt junior Shane McGregor listed third. But don't expect McGregor, who has never taken a varsity snap, to be coach Joe Paterno's surprise choice to run the show.
Paterno waited until Sept. 1 last year, just 3 days before the 2010 opener against Youngstown State, before naming Bolden as his starter ahead of former walk-on McGloin. Bolden thus became the first true freshman of the Paterno era to begin a season as the top quarterback.
A concussion suffered by Bolden in the seventh game, against Minnesota, opened the door for McGloin to play most of the way thereafter, setting the stage for another duel between two quarterbacks with very different playing styles.
The difference between then and now is that, heading into the 2010 season, Bolden had not attempted a pass in a college game, and McGloin had thrown only two, completing none. Now both have starting experience, and each is determined to win the job outright. JoePa, however, has not entirely ruled out the possibility of Bolden and McGloin sharing the position, although that isn't likely to be the case.