While he believes getting drafted is a long shot, McGloin believes some of his advantages are having a strong arm, his ability to throw the deep ball and having played a season under O'Brien, who brought the New England Patriots offense to Penn State. "I am definitely a cerebral quarterback," McGloin said. "I'll get in the playbook and check in and out of the right plays. My goal is to get in a camp and grasp the system. The feedback has been good. They all have enough film on me and they have seen what I have done in person. It is out of my hands and I have no control over what goes on." - Steve Bennett, The Citizens Voice
12/27/2012 - Penn State offensive co-captains Matthew McGloin (Scranton) and Michael Zordich (Youngstown, Ohio) have accepted invitations to play in all-star contests. A record-setting quarterback, McGloin has been invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge. Zordich is set to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
McGloin capped his superlative senior season by being named the recipient of the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the nation's top player who began his career as a walk-on. McGloin broke nine school records and tied another during one of the most prolific seasons ever by a Penn State quarterback. His 46 touchdown career passes are among his Penn State records.
For the season, McGloin was 270 of 446 (60.5) for 3,266 yards, with 24 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also was second on the team with five touchdown runs. An honorable mention All-Big Ten choice, McGloin was selected Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after throwing for 395 yards, just four yards off the school record, and a career-high tying four touchdowns in Penn State's 45-22 win over Indiana. - Penn State football
12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Matt McGloin, Penn State, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Penn State football
12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Matt McGloin, Penn State, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Penn State football
12/03/2012 - Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin has won the Burlsworth Award, given to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on. McGloin helped the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record this season, setting school records for yards passing (3,266) and touchdowns (24) in a season. The senior also holds the school mark for career passing touchdowns (46).
The West Scranton (Pa.) native's only scholarship offer out of high school was from Lehigh. He helped Penn State win eight of its final 10 games this season, throwing for at least 200 yards and a touchdown in all 12 games. The other finalists were Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs and San Jose State offensive tackle David Quessenberry. The award is named for former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth. - AP Sports
12/03/2012 - 2012 BURLSWORTH TROPHY WINNER: Penn State senior quarterback Matt McGloin (Scranton) was honored today by the Springdale Rotary Club as the winner of the Third Annual Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the nation's outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on. The record-setting signal-caller broke nine school passing records and tied another during his impressive senior campaign and was honored at a banquet in Springdale, Ark. With the other finalists.
The Burlsworth Trophy was first presented in 2010 in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, a former All-American and walk-on offensive lineman at the University of Arkansas. Burlsworth died in an automobile accident 11 days after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the 63rd overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. The previous winners of the trophy are Austin Davis (Southern Miss) in 2011 and Sean Bedford (Georgia Tech) in 2010.
"It is great for the University," said McGloin. "To be honored as the top walk-on for this year's graduating class is a great honor. I wouldn't have been able to be here without the support of my family, teammates, coaches and fans. It's really because of those people that I am where I am today and am able to win such a prestigious award."
McGloin led the Big Ten in passing yards (272.2 ypg) by 25 yards per game. He also led the conference in completions (270) and touchdown passes (24) and fewest interceptions among the Big Ten starting signal-callers. - Penn State football
11/21/2012 - 2012 BURLSWORTH TROPHY SEMIFINALIST (TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL WALK-ON): Matt McGloin, Sr., QB, Penn State...McGloin joined the Nittany Lions in 2008 and has emerged as one of Penn State's most prolific signal-callers in its 126-year history. A starter in 10 games prior to this season, McGloin was named the starting quarterback in June and flourished in Coach's Bill O'Brien's offense, starting every game this year. The former West Scranton High School standout has already broken seven school records and is on the verge of breaking additional season and career passing marks entering the season finale Saturday (Nov. 24) against Wisconsin in Beaver Stadium. Among the records he has broken is career touchdown passes (45), season completions (251), season passing yardage (3,066) and single game completions (35).
For the season, McGloin is 251 of 409 (61.4 percent) for 3,066 yards, with 23 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also is tied for the team lead with five touchdown runs. McGloin was selected Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 19 after throwing for 395 yards, just 4 yards off the school record, and a career-high tying four touchdowns in Penn State's 45-22 win over Indiana. McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing yards (279.2 yards per game) by more than 40 yards per game. - Penn State football
11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt McGloin, Penn State, Sr., QB, Scranton, Pa./West Scranton...Finished just four yards shy of the PSU passing yards record, totaling a career-best 395 yards and tying a career high with four touchdowns in a 45-22 win over Indiana...Completed 22 of 32 passing attempts, a 68.8 completion percentage, with all four of his touchdown tosses coming in the first half...Became the program's single-season leader with 251 completions and 3,071 passing yards and is now the career leader with 45 touchdown passes...Wins his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and first this season. - Big Ten football
10/22/2012 - Bill Belton ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns and surging Penn State throttled Iowa 38-14 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win. Matt McGloin threw for 289 yards and a pair of TDs for the Nittany Lions, who beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City for the first time in 13 years. Penn State (5-2, 3-0) took the suspense of this matchup between previously-unbeaten Big Ten teams by storming out to a 24-0 lead at halftime. The Nittany Lions scored again just 27 seconds into the second half to go ahead 31-0. James Vandenberg threw for 189 yards for Iowa (4-3, 2-1). The Hawkeyes were held to just 209 yards of offense and tacked on a pair of late touchdowns that made the final score seem much closer than the game ever really was. Penn State has been a notoriously strong starter under first-year coach Bill O'Brien, outscoring opponents 66-0 in the first quarter. The Nittany Lions needed just 24 minutes to jump ahead 24-0 and silence what had been a raucous Iowa crowd. - AP Sports
10/06/2012 - Penn State has made some big second-half comebacks to beat Northwestern over the years. Few were as furious as the one the Nittany Lions pulled off Saturday. The Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) scored 22 points in the final 10 minutes to overcome an 11-point deficit and beat the No. 24 Wildcats 39-28 in Beaver Stadium. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin threw for two touchdowns and ran for the go-ahead score with 2:37 to play. Michael Zordich gave the Nittany Lions some breathing room with a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left. After finding wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder for 13 yards on a fourth-and-2 on the go-ahead drive, McGloin, who completed a career-high 35 passes, evaded pressure, rolled to his right and half-jumped, half-dived into the end zone. The Wildcats (5-1, 1-1) had all three timeouts remaining, but Penn State linebacker Mike Hull broke up a pass intended for Kain Colter on fourth down. A breakaway run by Zordich set up his own scoring run, and Penn State had its fourth straight victory. - The Sports Xchange
09/22/2012 - One defender latched on to Matt McGloin as he trudged toward the goal line, then a second. Carrying two players with him, the senior quarterback took two laborious steps forward before falling on his right knee in the end zone for a touchdown. The 1-yard run, like the rest of the game, wasn't pretty -- but it got the job done for Penn State. McGloin threw for a career-high 318 yards and ran for two short scores, and linebacker Michael Mauti led another strong defensive effort to lead the Nittany Lions to a 24-13 win Saturday over Temple. "It's all those squats (training coaches) were making me do in the summer," McGloin joked about his plodding plunge into the end zone to make it 14-3 with 22 seconds left in the first half. "At that point, you get so close to the end zone, you kind of just push forward and do whatever you can." It was another blue-collar effort for Penn State (2-2), which had to overcome nine penalties, an interception in the red zone and a couple other mistakes to extend Temple's decades-long streak of misery against its in-state rival. "I think we left a lot of points off the board," said rookie head coach Bill O'Brien. - AP Sports
09/11/2012 - QB Matt McGloin suffered an injury to his right, throwing elbow in the first half of the Virginia game and missed several plays but was able to return early in the second half and finish out the game. X-rays on the elbow after the game were negative but McGloin will be evaluated later this week. - The Sports Xchange
09/05/2012 - In the first quarter, Penn State's offense moved with purpose and confidence, picking up first down after first down against a veteran Ohio defense, and looking very much at ease doing so. But the 10 first downs and the 173 total yards the Nittany Lions compiled in that quarter earned them just seven points. Failure to cash in on those early opportunities -- and some inconsistent play by the offense in the second half -- proved fatal to Penn State in a disheartening 24-14 home loss to the Bobcats. Penn State (0-1), which played its first game under head coach Bill O'Brien, picked up just 115 yards in the second half, totaling just four possessions and watching as Ohio's offense, which racked up 301 second-half yards, scored three touchdowns. "We couldn't capitalize on a lot of the good drives we had," quarterback Matt McGloin said. "We got ourselves into a lot of third-and-longs and, as an offense, that's never a good thing. But that didn't make or break the game. We had a lot of opportunities in the first half." - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2012 - The new era at Penn State is off to a disappointing start. The Nittany Lions let an 11-point halftime lead slip away and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton accounted for three second-half touchdowns to hand Bill O'Brien a 24-14 loss in his debut as Penn State head coach. For many fans, just having football again at Beaver Stadium was enough of a victory following a trying offseason. ''We are ... Penn State,'' the anxious crowd roared in the fourth quarter, their team trailing by three. Matt McGloin threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns guiding Penn State's new-look offense. There were some other changes, too: players' names on the backs of the uniforms, and blue ribbons on the back of the helmets to show support for victims of child sexual abuse. It was Penn State's first game since the NCAA's landmark sanctions including a four-year bowl ban for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. - AP Sports
07/25/2012 - Penn State starting quarterback Matt McGloin has tweeted that he intends to stay with the Nittany Lions. McGloin tweeted that the penalties announced by the NCAA on Monday were "extremely harsh." "I am a Nittany Lion and will remain one." he also tweeted. "I believe in the core values I have learned in this program. It is not Nittany Lion Football. It is Nittany Lion family." Penn State players are allowed by the NCAA to transfer to another school without sitting out a year. McGloin, a former walk-on, was given the starting job last month by coach Bill O'Brien. He completed just 54 percent of his passes last season, and missed the TicketCity Bowl vs. Houston - a 30-14 loss - after sustaining a concussion in a locker-room scuffle with a teammate. - AP Sports
06/08/2012 - For the first time in three summers, Penn State doesn't have an offseason quarterback quandary. Coach Bill O'Brien put any suspense to rest last week when he named Matt McGloin the starter. ''I can kind of relax a little now,'' McGloin joked Thursday. Not so fast, Matt. There's the matter of mastering the new offense installed this spring by O'Brien, the former coordinator of the New England Patriots' high-octane attack. O'Brien was also the Patriots' quarterback coach, and his star pupil was Tom Brady - one of the best signal-callers in the NFL. Now, O'Brien's starting quarterback is McGloin, a senior who split time at the position the previous two seasons with Rob Bolden. Each season, Bolden opened as the starter before McGloin wrested away the position down the stretch. McGloin finished with 1,571 passing yards and eight touchdowns with a 54 percent completion percentage in 2011. He sat out the 30-14 loss to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl in January because of a concussion. ''It gives me more time to focus on the playbook, focus on mechanics ... trying to keep people together to run routes, things like that,'' McGloin said before he and about two dozen teammates volunteered at the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games on Thursday, held at Penn State. ''Now that I've been named the starter, I understand that I have to work harder than ever just to keep that spot. But I'm glad he announced it when he did.'' - AP Sports
06/06/2012 - At the beginning of June, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien named Matt McGloin his starting quarterback for the 2012 season. Obviously, it's a decision that McGloin is happy about. McGloin admitted as much to StateCollege.com, but his most interesting comments were about how he's happy the rotation that he and Rob Bolden both worked under last season is gone. McGloin says that rotating quarterbacks last season was a big reason why the Penn State offense struggled. "It's a killer to a team, in my opinion," McGloin said. "You have to have a clear-cut starter. The team has to believe in the quarterback. That wasn't the case the last two years. "If the (coaches) had put their trust into one guy, we might have been more successful." Well, as our own Matt Hinton pointed out, it would have been hard for the Penn State offense to be much worse than it was. Penn State finished 110th in the country in points per game, and 112th in passing efficiency. Which McGloin certainly had a role in. He completed only 54 percent of his passes last season and threw 8 touchdowns compared to 5 interceptions. I've no doubt that the rotation with Bolden had its affect on each quarterback's numbers, as they were never really allowed to establish a rhythm. Still, I don't know if that was the sole reason for Penn State's troubles. Rhythm or no rhythm, there were still some bad throws made by both quarterbacks. - Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports
06/01/2012 - Penn State football is opening so many new chapters this year it may as be adding a library to Beaver Stadium. But there will be one all-too-familiar face: Incumbent Matt McGloin has been officially reappointed as the Nittany Lions' starting quarterback to open the season, at least temporarily ending his ongoing, three-year duel with backup Rob Bolden. First-year coach Bill O'Brien made the call Friday based on spring practice and offseason workouts. He has three months to brace himself. By now, Penn State fans have seen enough of McGloin, a fifth-year senior with 16 career starts to his credit, to know he's never going to remind anyone of the starting quarterback in O'Brien's last job, Tom Brady. Realistically, they'd probably settle for the next Kevin Thompson. Between them, McGloin and Bolden combined for the worst pass efficiency rating in the Big Ten in 2011, one year after coming in next-to-last in 2010. As a team, the Lions failed to top 20 points in six of eight conference games, and scored a grand total of six touchdowns in four games against ranked teams - including a garbage-time score against Alabama, their only touchdown of the game. Not coincidentally, those games also accounted for all four Penn State losses. - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com
06/01/2012 - First-year Penn State coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday he has selected Matt McGloin as his starting quarterback. McGloin, a senior, beat out sophomore Paul Jones, who has been academically ineligible the past two seasons, and Rob Bolden, who had started the past two season openers. With 10 starts in three seasons, he has completed 243 of 448 passes for 3,119 yards and 22 touchdowns. He is a former walk-on. O'Brien said McGloin won the job with his consistency in spring practice. Also, O'Brien said cornerback Curtis Drake will not be back this season. Drake and McGloin were in a locker room fight late last year, leaving McGloin with a concussion. The injury kept McGloin from playing in the TicketCity Bowl. O'Brien was hired earlier this year from his job as offensive coordinator of the NFL New England Patriots. He has inherited a program that was racked with scandal after the indictment of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on alleged child molestation charges. Legendary coach Joe Paterno was fired during last season and died soon after from complications related to lung cancer. - The Sports Xchange