McGloin getting another shot in the XFL

Matt McGloin is manning the sidelines as the third member of the Penn State Radio Network team on Saturdays this fall, but the former Nittany Lion quarterback isn't hanging up the cleats just yet. McGloin will be one of a few quarterbacks earning "Tier 1" status in the XFL Draft, which will take place over two days beginning on Tuesday.

The league will begin training camp for its eight teams in January and will open its schedule on Feb. 8. McGloin will turn 30 in December. His status as a Tier 1 player means that he'll be assigned to a team before the draft, in which every team will end up with 71 players from a pool that was announced over the league's social media accounts in the last two weeks.


The draft will take place over five phases. After quarterbacks are assigned, there will be separate draft phases for skill players, offensive line, the defensive front seven and defensive backs. The final phase will include players at any position and there will be a Supplemental Draft in November for those players who were not eligible for the October draft. Per the league, drafted players will be able to accept NFL offers up until the start of minicamps in December.

For those keeping track at home, the Los Angeles Wildcats will have the first pick of the skill position draft. Dallas, Houston, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C., all have franchises in the new league.

Other former Nittany Lions in the draft include linebacker Brandon Bell, offensive tackle Chasz Wright, tight end Kyle Carter and wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins. Players who started their careers at Penn State but ended up elsewhere include defensive end Shawn Oakman and linebacker Khairi Fortt.

Of that group, McGloin will be the headliner. ESPN's Adam Schefter listed him as one of the most recognizable names in the draft. 

A one-time walk-on for the Nittany Lions, he rose up the depth chart during his time in Happy Valley. The Scranton native was up and down until the arrival of new head coach Bill O'Brien in 2012, which coincided with McGloin's final season. That year he threw for 3,271 yards and 24 touchdowns, becoming one of the faces of O'Brien's "Bunch of Fighters" who went 8-4 in the face of recently-imposed NCAA sanctions.

He went undrafted the next spring, but spent four years in the NFL as a backup with the Oakland Raiders. He closed his NFL career with stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, with O'Brien for four days in Houston and most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was cut by the Chiefs prior to the 2018 season. He finished his NFL career by completing 161-of-277 passes for 1,868 yards and 11 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.

McGloin told reporters this summer that he's kept his eye on having another shot in the pros.

"It's not an I-can't-live-without-it type of thing," he told Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record at Media Day in August. "I just enjoy being around the game.

"I'm the type of guy that, the glass is half full. I thought I was going to play for 10-15 years; I really did. But that wasn't my path. That's why you graduate. I have a degree from this great university, and I'm planning to put it to work now."

Other quarterbacks in the draft include former Pittsburgh Steelers backup Landry Jones, former Michigan State signal-caller Connor Cook, former Tennessee Titans and LSU starter Zach Mettenberger and former USF star B.J. Daniels.

The draft will begin on Tuesday and picks and assignments will be announced via the XFL's social media accounts.

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