No decision yet on PSU starting QB

Posted: August 29, 2011

Still too close to call.

Again.

Someone presumably will break the tie when Penn State opens its 125th season of intercollegiate football against visiting Indiana State on Saturday, but for now the duel for the starting quarterback position between sophomore Rob Bolden and redshirt junior Matt McGloin, as was the case in 2010, is going down to the wire. Who knows? The identity of the first-team passer might not be known until the Nittany Lions take the field for their first offensive series.

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.

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