Sources Say McGloin to Start

Matt McGloin

The redshirt sophomore will get the nod vs. Michigan in place of an injured Rob Bolden. It will be McGloin's first career start.

On Tuesday, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he would wait to see how the week of practice played out before picking a starting quarterback for Saturday night's home game with Michigan.

With only a light practice remaining today and no practice slated for Friday, a decision has been made on the starter, sources close to the program tell FOS.

Redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin will make his first career start when the Wolverines come calling Saturday. He has received the majority of first-team reps in practice this week.

“It's McGloin,” a source said.

Sophomore Kevin Newsome will be the second-teamer. He was unable to mount a legitimate charge for the starting job due to a lingering knee injury that has limited his mobility.

“Newsome is not 100 percent,” the source said. “He's working with the second team.”

True freshman Rob Bolden, the starter in PSU's first six games, is not expected to play Saturday after receiving a blow to the head in State's win at Minnesota last weekend. He dressed for practice and warmed up on Tuesday and Wednesday, but did not take any serious snaps.

It is not clear whether he passed or failed the concussion test he was slated to take Wednesday.

The emergency QB is redshirt sophomore walk-on Shane McGregor, who wore a green second-team jersey in practice all week.

Bolden was injured in the second quarter of the Minnesota game, after he had completed 11 of 13 passes for 130 yards and a score. McGloin came on in relief and completed 6 of 13 passes for 72 yards, two TDs and an interception. He first completion -- which was also he first of his career -- was a 42-yard touchdown to Derek Moye.

Newsome saw limited action in the game but did not attempt a pass. He was pulled during one series after calling the wrong formation and forcing Penn State to burn a timeout, according to a source.

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