While there was a sliver of hope last night that Robert Bolden would be sufficiently recovered from a concussion to be a go, a former walk-on will instead get the start at quarterback for Penn State this weekend.
Speaking on his radio show Thursday evening, head coach Joe Paterno said Matt McGloin will be under center when the Nittany Lions take the field Saturday against Michigan. McGloin replaced Bolden when the redshirt freshman was knocked out of the win over Minnesota, but this will be his first collegiate start.
“We are going to go with Mac to start,” the coach said. “There is an outside chance Bolden will be OK, and we will see how it goes. Mac is good enough to get the job done.”
There’s one person close to Bolden, however, who doesn’t feel like the QB should play at all this weekend.
“I think he should sit out for a while,” Bolden’s grandfather, Henry McNeal, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “(The injury) kind of messed with his thinking. That’s what the doctor said. I just don’t think he is going to be ready.”
As for McGloin, the sophomore completed just 7-of-13 passes after taking over for Bolden, but did throw two touchdown passes in relief. Those are the only passes he has thrown through the first seven games of the season.