Bolden passes concussion test, status still uncertain

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Even as the words of his head coach seem to indicate he’ll be held out, the window for Robert Bolden‘s availability for Penn State’s game Saturday with Michigan has not yet been slammed shut.

The true freshman quarterback suffered a concussion in the win over Minnesota Saturday, and Joe Paterno said Tuesday that, if he had a guess, Bolden “won’t be able to make it” this weekend.

While that may very well end up being the case, the Patriot-News reported Wednesday night that Bolden passed the physical and mental components of a concussion test administered by the school’s medical staff.  That’s not a signal that he will play, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction for a player who has to be chomping at the bit to face a Wolverines team that’s 117th in the nation in pass defense.

“We’re not completely sure how things go from here,” Robert Bolden Sr. told the paper. “But he did pass.”

If Bolden is unable to go, and that still appears to be the most likely scenario, Matt McGloin would get his first collegiate start.  The former walk-on said yesterday that he will walk into the huddle with confidence if his name’s called this weekend.

“It goes back to playing sports as a child,” McGloin said according to the Centre Daily Times. “Me and my friends have always been winners. It’s something you’ve got to expect to do. … Especially in the quarterback position in the huddle, you’ve got to be confident, because it affects how (your teammates) play.”

Playing against that defense, though, there’s no excuse for being anything but confident.