We all saw how the Penn State football team was led in part by quarterback Matt McGloin.
What made McGloin’s rise to a starting quarterback and leader of the offense so special was where the quarterback began his college career. He started from the bottom and worked his way from walk-on playing on the practice squad to starter.
With the scholarship restrictions placed on head coach Bill O’Brien’s team, he will need to rely heavily on what he calls “run-ons.”
This season will be the beginning of Penn State’s adventure that will rely on these walk-on players.
So let’s check out which freshman walk-ons will become household names.
By Joe Juliano — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Since Penn State received a four-year postseason ban, one of a series of sanctions handed down last year by the NCAA, the Nittany Lions have sought to find a game during the regular season that would simulate a bowl atmosphere.
That game might be coming next season. A published report said Tuesday that a deal has been finalized that will allow Penn State to open its 2014 football season in Ireland against Central Florida.
May 13, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nine former Penn State football student-athletes participated in National Football League rookie mini-camps this month, four of whom were in camps that concluded Sunday.
During the 2013 NFL Draft, three Nittany Lions were selected: first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle Jordan Hill (Steelton/Seattle Seahawks), All-Big Ten linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J./Minnesota Vikings) and first team All-America linebacker Michael Mauti (Mandeville, La./Minnesota Vikings).
Four former Nittany Lions signed free agent contracts: tackle Mike Farrell (Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Steelers), cornerback Stephon Morris (Washington, D.C./New England Patriots), first-team All-Big Ten center Matt Stankiewitch (Orwigsburg/New England Patriots) and running back Michael Zordich (Youngstown, Ohio/Carolina Panthers).
In addition, two more Penn Staters were invited to NFL rookie mini-camps: quarterback Matt McGloin (Scranton/Washington and Carolina) and linebacker Pete Massaro (Newtown Square/Philadelphia Eagles).
The rookie mini-camps for the Eagles, Panthers and Seahawks ended Sunday.
The huddle had only been broken for eight seconds before Bill O’Brien stopped the play in its tracks.
“Who is the F?” O’Brien shouted, alluding to one of the three titles for the tight end position in his system. Sophomore Jesse James raised his hand as O’Brien walked up to the line of scrimmage, talking to James about proper alignment.
With the offense properly set, O’Brien stepped back again as transfer quarterback Tyler Ferguson stood in the backfield shouting out commands. This time it took O’Brien only three seconds to step in.
“We’ve got to get this right this year,” O’Brien said lining up next to Ferguson. “Here I’ll show you this one.”
Life hasn’t been all that great for Penn State’s not-so-dearly departed players who have left the program over the past year.
Since late last spring, about a dozen-and-a-half Nittany Lions have left the squad.
Some transferred. A handful of miscreants were shown the door, additions for Bill O’Brien by their subtraction. Some opted to give up football, but stayed at Penn State fully-scholarshipped, thanks to the NCAA.
And more than a few have hit upon bad luck.
Take these three. Please.
Since they left Happy Valley, it has been a bad spell — although the words hex, curse and whammy also come to mind — for former Nittany Lions Silas Redd, Rob Bolden and Anthony Fera, who transferred last summer with a combined 53 starts. For them, not being at Penn State physically hurt (or still does).
The biggest day of Matt McGloin’s football life is rapidly approaching, as Penn State will hold a Pro Day for NFL scouts next Monday and the Big Ten’s leading passer will have his final shot at impressing them.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder must prove he has the intelligence, arm strength, precision and mobility needed to make it in the NFL. When it comes to confidence, however, the brash Scranton, Pa., native has nothing to prove.
McGloin’s been brimming with the stuff since he set foot on campus as an invited walk-on in 2008, and it’s a big part of what helped him quickly earn a scholarship, then playing time and then the starting job while competing against teammates who had glowing credentials when they entered the program.
Asked what he intends to tell scouts who ask what he’ll bring to their team, McGloin laughed and said, “I could keep you here all day.” Then he rattled off the answer as if he’d said it a thousand times.
The 2013 Quarterback Club Senior Banquet will be held on Sunday December 5th, 2013 at the Penn Stater Conference Center located at 215 Innovation Blvd. State College, PA.
The date for ticket sales has not yet been released.
The weekend of December 8th and 9th is an important football recruiting weekend! Because the State College Quarterback Club’s purpose is to support the Penn State football program, changes to the 2012 Senior Banquet are necessary.
In order to work with the football staff, we are moving the banquet time to 4:00pm INSTEAD OF 1:45pm (doors will open at 3:00pm). The procedure for the sale of the banquet tickets that you recently received remains unchanged.
We realize that some members may not be able to attend at the later time. If members are unable to attend and have mailed in a check for tickets, please inform us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will return your check.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. We know our membership will understand as the change helps the football program.
The 2012 Penn State Football home opener on September 1st is right around the corner!
The first luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in the Mount Nittany Club of Beaver Stadium. As always, the doors open at 11 AM with access through Gate B. Handicap access is available through the All Sports-Museum. The buffet lunches are offered beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by the program, moderated by our own Steve Jones who will be joined by two players and Coach O’Brien or another member of the coaching staff.
- We are excited to announce that Coach Bill O’Brien has confirmed his attendance at our first luncheon.
- As a result of overwhelming response to our first luncheon, guests will not be permitted due to space limitations.
- Due to scheduling restrictions, we do not have advance notice of which players will be attending our weekly luncheons.
As of Thursday, August 23, the Penn State Quarterback Club has reached its capacity, and no longer be accepting applications for new membership for the 2012 football season.
Fans interested in joining the club in the future should email president Pete Rohrer at mailto:email@example.com
By CDT staff reports — State College – Centre Daily Times
July 18, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK — The State College Quarterback Club is accepting renewals and new members for the 2012 season.
The club supports the Penn State football program and is open to all fans. The club sponsors the Penn State Football Banquet saluting Nittany Lion seniors.
The club will host weekly luncheons during the season at The Mount Nittany Club in Beaver Stadium.
The luncheons begin Aug. 29 and will feature a member of the coaching staff and two players each week. There will be 12 luncheons on the Wednesdays prior to each game, with no luncheon scheduled for Oct. 10 because of the bye week.
Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served until the program begins at 11:50 a.m.
Fans interested in joining the club should email president Pete Rohrer at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org