Posted on: January 2, 2011 7:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems that quarterbacks on the bench at Penn State don't enjoy their time there very much. For weeks it's been reported that backup quarterback Kevin Newsome, after losing the quarterback job to Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden, wouldn't be returning to Penn State next season. The fact he didn't make the trip to Tampa for the bowl game basically confirmed it.
Well now it appears that Robert Bolden isn't going to stick around either. Bolden's father, Robert Bolden Sr, told Lions247 that his son is looking to transfer.
"It's true, he's looking to leave Penn State,"said Bolden's father. "He's notified the coaches, that's as far as it's gone so far. We're waiting on the next step now."
"They're not looking for him to leave, they don't want him to leave, but he no longer wants to play at Penn State. He's not happy at Penn State currently. If it was up to me, he definitely [would leave], without a doubt. He's definitely made it known that he does not want to be there anymore."
Which means that Matt McGloin won't have much competition for the starting job next season, though don't sleep on freshman quarterback Paul Jones. Considering McGloin just threw five interceptions against Florida in the Outback Bowl, that probably doesn't leave Penn State fans feeling all too comfortable.
Bolden started seven games for the Nittany Lions this season, throwing for 1,360 yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He had been one of the prize members of Penn State's 2010 recruiting class.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:59 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Remember a few weeks ago when there were rumors that Penn State quarterback Kevin Newsome was likely going to transfer rather than return to compete with Matt McGloin and Robert Bolden? Yeah, well, they have a bit more credence now.
According to a report in The Patriot News, Newsome did not accompany the team on its trip to Tampa.
Two sources close to the Penn State football program told The Patriot-News earlier today that reserve quarterback Kevin Newsome did not make the trip to Florida for Penn State's Jan. 1 Outback Bowl game with Florida in Tampa.
The news hardly qualifies as a surprise. Earlier this month, there were internet reports that Newsome, the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Matt McGloin and backup Rob Bolden, was unhappy with his role and considering a transfer.
Those don't sound like the actions of a player who plans on returning and fighting for a job next season. The rumors started earlier in the month when Joe Paterno said during the Outback Bowl media days that he couldn't be sure whether or not Newsome would be returning next season. Which, makes sense for Newsome, because considering everything that's happened at quarterback in State College this season, it seems pretty clear that Newsome isn't the quarterback of the future.
So if he wants to see the field while he still has any eligibility, he's going to have to move on.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:01 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Kevin Newsome came to Penn State as a highly-touted recruit, and spent his freshman season on the sideline watching Daryll Clark finish his Penn State career thinking that he'd be the man to take over the job in 2010. Sure, he had to have a competition with Matt McGloin before the season started, but come on, McGloin was a walk on, the job was Newsome's.
What Newsome didn't count on was Robert Bolden coming in and taking the job away from both of them. To make matters worse, when Bolden went down with a concussion, it wasn't Newsome who got the call to replace him. It was McGloin, and McGloin would keep the job. So because of all this, it's not exactly surprising to hear the news out of Happy Valley that it's more of a Sad Valley for Newsome, and he's planning on transferring.
A report on the Penn State football website, Bluewhiteillustrated.com, indicates Newsome, a true sophomore, wants out of State College. There are no quotes from Newsome or Newsome's family members, the report is based on sources. PSU football spokesman Jeff Nelson said Thursday he was unaware of any change in Newsome's status. And it's also worth noting that the reporter who authored the story, Nate Bauer, was not sure if Newsome had informed the PSU coaching staff of his intentions.
Of course, as the report in The Patriot-News says, there is no official word from Newsome yet, nor has Penn State been told of these plans, so it's still possible that Newsome won't leave. Still, I doubt that's the case unless Newsome wants to spend the final two seasons of his college career holding a clipboard on the sideline.
I'm pretty sure that's not what he came to Penn State to do. He wants to play, and it doesn't look like he's going to get that opportunity in State College.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 6:14 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
A week of intrigue over the identity of Penn State 's starting quarterback for their critical match-up with Michigan has apparently come to a close. Multiple outlets, including PSU Scout site FightOnState.com , are reporting that redshirt sophomore walk-on Matt McGloin has received the majority of first-team reps in practice this week and will start against the Wolverines.
A crucial late-season home game against a Big Ten opponent is hardly the preferred venure for handing a walk-on quarterback the first start of his career, but an injury to regular starter Robert Bolden and the continued struggles of dual-threat option Kevin Newsome (also reportedly dealing with a nagging injury) have apparently forced Joe Paterno 's hand.
If there's a silver lining for the Nittany Lions, it's that they'd be hard-pressed to find a more accommodating defense for McGloin to wet his feet against; Rich Rodriguez 's young and injury-wracked crew ranks a miserable 117th in the country in pass defense and 93rd in sacks. If McGloin can't find his footing at home, against Michigan, it'll be clear that the Nittany Lions will need Bolden back at the first opportunity if they want to salvage so much as a low-level bowl game from this disappinting season.
The reverse is also true, however, for Michigan, who have seen the expectations and stakes for this game increase dramatically. If the Wolverine defense can't give Denard Robinson and Co. a little bit of slack against the Big Ten's next-to-worst scoring offense playing without its starting quarterback, then who can they give that slack against? The parallels between Michigan's 2009 second-half collapse and this hypothetical three-game losing streak would be awfully tough to ignore any longer.
But first, McGloin has to prove he belongs on the Beaver Stadium field, and given the pressure and difficulty of the situation he faces, that's easier said than done.
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:25 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:10 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Yesterday JoePa said that if he had to guess , Robert Bolden wouldn't be playing this weekend against Michigan. Today his mom said the same thing.
It doesn't look like the Penn State quarterback will be playing this week, a week after suffering a concussion during a win against Minnesota. Bolden is supposed to undergo tests on Wednesday to see if he has recovered from the concussion, but his mother says that he failed the same test on Sunday, and her son won't be on the field this week.
"He really wants to play against Michigan -- his heart is just going to be really broken," Tonya McNeal told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "He failed that concussion test, which is not good.
"I think it's best for him if they sit him down this week. Hopefully, he can play next week [against Northwestern]."
Which is the right decision to make for Bolden, so hopefully no matter what the results say of Bolden's test on Wednesday, Joe Paterno will heed the advice of his mother. She always knows best, after all.
Since Bolden won't be playing this week, that means either Matt McGloin -- who replaced Bolden against Minnesota -- or Kevin Newsome will get the start against the Wolverines. Both have been taking snaps with the first team this week.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:11 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While the Michigan Wolverines may know who they will have lining up under center against Penn State this weekend, the same cannot be said for the Nittany Lions. Robert Bolden suffered a concussion during Penn State's victory over Minnesota last week and had to be replaced by former walk-on Matt McGloin.
As of now Bolden's status for Penn State's game against Michigan is up in the air, as Joe Paterno is still waiting to see what the doctors have to say about Bolden. Still, if you're going to force him to give you an answer, he's guessing Bolden won't be ready.
"[The medical staff] tested him Sunday and he still had memory problems," Paterno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "They are going to test him again [Wednesday}.
"But, if you ask me, if I had to guess, he won't be able to make it. I don't want to take any chances. I just don't know."
It's nice to see that Paterno doesn't want to take any chances with a freshman quarterback coming off of a concussion. Personally I don't care what the doctors tell me, if I'm Bolden's coach, he's getting a week off. The question is who will replace him? McGloin took over for Bolden on Saturday and threw a couple of touchdowns, but he only completed 6-of-13 passes and also threw an interception.
Which is probably why he's sharing snaps with Kevin Newsome in practice this week.
Posted on: October 23, 2010 9:33 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2010 10:43 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
1. You're going to have to knock Sparty out. The Michigan State Spartans, even sitting at 7-0 entering this week's trip to Northwestern , weren't exactly strangers to adversity. They trailed Notre Dame in the fourth quarter. They gave away all kinds of points in turnovers against Wisconsin . Their offense sputtered for a half against both Michigan and Illinois . Their head coach had missed time with multiple ailments including a freaking postgame heart attack.
But in football terms, none of that quite matched trailing the Wildcats 17-0 on the road midway through the second quarter this afternoon. The Spartans were lucky it wasn't worse, as Northwestern had fumbled a certain touchdown at the 1 and had both run the ball and stopped the MSU run with impunity. No matter: the Spartans turned to quarterback Kirk Cousins and their excellent receiving corps, and responded with an immediate touchdown. Just a few minutes into the second half, it was 17-14. A fake punt helped keep them within 24-21. And two touchdowns in the game's dying minutes gave them a 35-27 win . They just never stopped coming.
The lesson -- as the lesson has been all season with the Spartans -- is that you'd best put your boot on Sparty's throat when you get the chance. If you let them stay upright, their offense is too balanced and their confidence too high for them not to overtake you eventually. Just ask the Wildcats.
2. Iowa's fourth-quarter mojo is missing. A year ago, Ricky Stanzi was unstoppable in the final period , and the Hawkeyes rode his arm to a perfect 10-0 record in games he started and finished. Four of those wins came by a teeth-skinning total of eight points, with several others blown open by the Hawkeyes in the fourth after three evenly-played quarters. In short: no team in America was more clutch.
In its five wins so far this year, Iowa hasn't needed any of those heroics, winning by an average of 23 points. But twice in 2010 the Hawkeyes have found themselves in fourth-quarter struggles, and in neither case have they come up with the plays that made 2009 so special. Against Arizona , it was a collapse on the offensive line that led to a series of game-ending sacks. Against Wisconsin today , it was the Iowa special teams and defense that allowed the Badgers to drive 80 yards in 7:29 with the game on the line, eventually giving up the winning touchdown to Badger backup Montee Ball . The Badgers converted a pair of fourth downs on the drive, one on a fake punt deep in their own territory.
And this time, with barely more than a minute to work with, Stanzi wasn't able to pull off the miracle drive for the win. As they say: what a difference a year makes .
3. Move along: there's nothing to see in Minneapolis. Playing at home after the embarrassment of having its coach fired midseason, Minnesota allowed the previously moribund Penn State offense -- and "moribund" is being kind -- to rack up 145 rushing yards and 33 points in a comfortable 12-point win , all without injured starting quarterback Robert Bolden . We knew that the next Gopher head coach was by far the biggest question surrounding the program; after a performance like Saturday's, it's fair to call it the only question.
4. The Big Ten is one game away from total chaos. Or total boredom. Wisconsin looked utterly lost in East Lansing in Week 5, but after massive wins against Ohio State at home and now Iowa on the road, it's fair to say the Badgers have their usual ground-pounding attack operating at maximum efficiency. The Buckeyes made clear Saturday they're not going anywhere, obliterating Purdue 49-0 . And as painful as their come-from-ahead loss Saturday may have been, Iowa has just the one conference loss and is all the more dangerous for having been stung by its setbacks to date.
Meaning that if Michigan State falls in Iowa City this coming Saturday, no less than four of the Big Ten's powers could be tied at the top of the conference standings with a single loss, with only one game -- Iowa against Ohio State -- still to play between the four of them. The mind reels at the tiebreakers.
The flip side is that if Michigan State wins in Iowa City, to sit at least a game up on the rest of the field ... with head-to-head tiebreakers over the Hawkeyes and Badgers in hand ... no game scheduled against Ohio State ... and only dates against Minnesota, Purdue and Penn State remaining ... you might as well go ahead and pencil the Spartans in for Pasadena, or something even greater.
So, Michigan State at Iowa: the game of the Big Ten's season? Yes, Michigan State at Iowa, the game of the Big Ten's season.
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:25 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 5:28 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
For Penn State, it is not hard to look at their body of work so far this season and understand what needs to be improved. The 3-2 Nittany Lions are averaging 30.0 points per game in their victories, only those wins were against Youngstown State, Kent State, and Temple. Against ranked teams, Penn State is 0-2 and has yet to muster more than three points in a game. Preparing for Illinois on Saturday in Happy Valley, head coach Joe Paterno has some ideas for jump-starting the offense.
Newsome is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the season, though a majority of that damage was in the three wins against non-AQ teams. Still, the sophomore has displayed the speed and athleticism to demand a defenses respect. Newsome may not be able to be the Penn State playmaker himself, but his presence in the game will demand that opponents stay honest, as well as cut down on snaps for true freshman Robert Bolden. Bolden has been effective moving the ball, but has struggled to keep the ball out of the opponents hands. His 1035 yards passing and three touchdowns are greatly overshadowed by the six interceptions on the season.
Newsome's ability to run could particularly help the Nittany Lions out in the red zone. In 18 trips, Penn State has only been able to score six touchdowns, will settling for six field goals, and failing to score at all six times. The threat of Newsome on the ground should spread the defense and give offensive coordinator Galen Hall more flexibility with red zone play-calling.
Newsome is not only multi-talented on the field, but flexes his musical capabilities off the field as well. This is him tickling the ivories before bed checks during training camp.
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