No news is good news?

I know that’s a dreaded cliche, but I wonder if that’s the case with Penn State this preseason.

I’m a member of several Penn State sites and there really hasn’t been a whole lot of information out there about the Nittany Lions since camp start a couple weeks back. Bits and pieces, but nothing earth shattering (other than Joe Paterno’s run-in with Devon Smith of course).

Everyone wants to know if Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin will start at quarterback, but it appears neither has taken the bull by the horns. One looks better than the other one day and vice versa. I still can’t see how Bolden isn’t the guy. Why? If he isn’t does he transfer? If so, that would leave McGloin as the lone scholarship quarterback with Paul Jones ineligible this fall and Kevin Newsome no longer with the program.

It’s quite amusing to read posters vouch for both Bolden and McGloin. I honestly don’t have a preference. If the defense were more of a sure thing I’d say Bolden because I think he’s less likely to make game-changing mistakes like McGloin did against Ohio State and Florida last season. The problem is there still seems to be no sure answer as to who is going to put pressure on the quarterback for the Lions. I can’t count on Jack Crawford or Eric Lattimore after their performances last season (and yes, I know they were injured, but they weren’t lighting it up before getting hurt). Devon Still might be the team’s best pass rusher and teams are going to double team him all season long. Who steps up when that happens?Jordan Hill has been a standout all offseason, but until he does it on the playing field I’m reserving my excitement. With all his off-the field issues since arriving at Penn State, I’m not counting on Sean Stanley either. Anything he contributes is a bonus in my eyes.

That doesn’t mean I prefer McGloin under center either. I like the confidence the kid has and he plays with a Scranton-sized chip on his shoulder, but he simply doesn’t sniff the talent that Bolden has. When you look at Bolden you see a world of potential. He’s much more mobile than he showed last year. Joe Paterno wasn’t about to trust him to let him use his feet, which again I ask, why was he made the starter then? I thought it was a disservice to Bolden to have him to come on campus in May and then start the season a few months later. And then he lost his job because of an injury and never got a chance to get it back when McGloin was throwing the ball all over the field.

There are some wondering, why does Paterno even have to name a starter? In reality he doesn’t, but I think he’d like to. If he leans toward McGloin I can’t see Jay Paterno not forcing his old man to watch the second half against the Buckeyes and the entire game against Florida. That is not Paterno football. In the end I think it’s Bolden’s job. I think it’s really been that way all along, but after threatening to transfer following last season in a bit of a mini temper tantrum Paterno wasn’t about to just hand Bolden the keys.

But what do I know? Paterno has always been a proponent of wanting his quarterbacks to show leadership and command in the huddle. There’s no question that McGloin does that better. But, ask yourself, how many other true freshmen quarterbacks, all 18 years old, show command in a huddle and leadership of a team that has players who’ve been around for three, four or five years? Exactly.

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