Mind of McGloin: PSU’s Walk-On QB Speaks With Confidence
Three weeks ago, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit watched a running-based PSU offense beat Minnesota and labeled PSU redshirt sophomore QB Matt McGloin as a “hand-it-off kind of guy.“ McGloin heard about it, and let an ESPN sideline reporter know he didn’t appreciate it (he said he was “gunning for” Herbie, whatever that means). Saturday in a rallying victory past Northwestern, McGloin tossed 4 2nd half touchdown passes. Needless to say, McGloin is the kind of cat who loves to talk, and be talked about.
It’s been on display early this week as the Buckeyes prepare to host McGloin and his suddenly potent offense. So he’s been asked to recant his walk-on story to PSU lately, and now McGloin’s already grown weary of it. “Everybody knows my story,” he said during a conference call with reporters. “It kind of gets annoying. I guess people see it as a good story… Hopefully, Saturday I can continue to add to it.”
McGloin replaced freshman Rob Bolden in the Minnesota game and started the Michigan game. Bolden returned to start against Northwestern last Saturday but was pulled early in favor of McGloin.
Saturday will be his 2nd career start yet he’s already brimming with confidence, teetering on arrogance. He called Ohio State’s status as a 17-point favorite in the game “just ridiculous.” And when asked about the Buckeyes much talked about defense (ranks #1 in the Big Ten, #3 nationally) McGloin said his Lions are “definitely going to be able to move the ball…”
But it’s what McGloin said about his recruitment, or lack thereof, out of high school that struck me. He was asked about OSU’s Terrelle Pryor, whose famous recruitment out of Jeannette, PA was the biggest national recruiting story of 2008. “Everybody was following what he was doing,” McGloin said. “A couple guys, including myself, didn’t get offers because of him. (Schools) were waiting to see what he was doing. … Terrelle Pryor made things confusing for a lot of people.”
McGloin will get his chance to “thank” TP personally Saturday.
“I knew my time would come,” he said. “Whether it was this year, next year or the following year, I knew my time would come.“