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Matt McGloin could start over Terrelle Pryor

Matt-McGloin-RaidersThere is a reason the Houston Texans defense and special teams was a popular stream play among fantasy football players on Sunday. Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, started for the Oakland Raiders in place of the injured Terrelle Pryor. His first career start was expected to be a disaster. Instead, he may have earned himself another shot.

McGloin threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns on the road against one of the better pass defenses in the league. More importantly, he did not turn the ball over and led his team to an improbable 28-23 victory. Pryor has been nursing a knee injury, and FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that McGloin could start next week against the Tennessee Titans regardless of Pryor’s status.

According to Glazer, the Raiders were “extremely impressed” with McGloin’s poise and performance. Pryor, on the other hand, had regressed before missing Sunday’s game. The former Ohio State star had thrown eight interceptions and just one touchdown in his last four starts. The Raiders went 1-3 during that stretch, with Pryor compiling an abysmal quarterback rating of 42.0. Why rush him back?

Oakland will face another tough pass defense next week against Tennessee. It would be unreasonable to expect McGloin to throw three touchdowns without turning the ball over, but he has to do very little to outplay Pryor. At this point, McGloin probably gives the Raiders a better chance to win.

Matt McGloin pushing Oakland Raiders quarterbacks on depth chart?

Matt McGloin Penn StateMatt McGloin signed with the Oakland Raiders last month as an undrafted free agent, and the former Penn State quarterback reportedly was impressive in organized team activities.

Appearing on ESPN’s “NFL 32″ on Monday, Chris Mortensen said McGloin impressed during the OTAs.

“He’s actually made a huge impression in the first two weeks of OTAs, to the point where he’s pushing Tyler Wilson and Terrelle Pryor,” Mortensen reported, per Rotoworld. “So watch out for Matt McGloin to climb up the depth chart if he continues this.”

McGloin was a former walk-on at Penn State and split time at quarterback with Rob Bolden in 2010 and 2011. He was the team’s full-time starter last season and threw for 3,271 yards, 24 touchdowns, and five interceptions during an 8-4 season.

As Evan Silva points out at Rotoworld, McGloin making a push on the Raiders’ quarterback depth chart says a lot about the lack of quarterbacking talent for the Raiders. Oakland has Matt Flynn, Terrell Pryor, and fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson on the depth chart. There were previous reports that Wilson was looking good and pushing Flynn for the job. If all four of these guys are that close together, then that can’t mean good things for the Raiders for the upcoming season.

I still think that Flynn will end up starting, but I am having doubts about how good he will be. I thought he was going to be a good quarterback when he signed with Seattle, but he understandably was beaten out by Russell Wilson, who developed into a star in his rookie season. I think Flynn can be an average quarterback, but that won’t be enough to send Oakland to the postseason any time soon.

Penn State QB Matt McGloin jokingly compares himself to Tom Brady

The man who will coach Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin this season has a pretty good track record when it comes to offense. Bill O’Brien was in charge of calling plays for Tom Brady and the Patriots last season. As you might expect, McGloin is excited to be able to learn from the man who coached one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He may even be a little too amped.

“I’m definitely excited,” McGloin said according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “I don’t think we’re too far apart, Tom Brady and myself. But sure, we’ve watched him a lot over the spring and summer. I mean, who better to try and learn from than him? Hopefully, we’ll have some type of success like they did. But you can’t expect to go out and be the same as the New England Patriots.”

McGloin finished the season last year with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He said the offense O’Brien runs is the one he has “always dreamed of playing in.” Typically we would say comparing himself to Brady is dumb whether he’s joking or not (and I’m sure he was), but can it really get any worse at Penn State?

The Penn State community will take any ridiculous comments they can get if it means taking the attention away from talk about whether or not their punishment was harsh enough and other schools recruiting their players. There’s nothing wrong with aiming high — especially when your program is in shambles for things that were outside your control.

H/T The Big Lead 

Penn State QB Matt McGloin Suffered Seizure and Concussion, But Says He Wasn’t Punched Out

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin says he suffered a seizure and concussion after his fight with teammate Curtis Drake Saturday, but he wants to set the record straight about something else. McGloin says he was not knocked out during the fight, as previously reported. Instead, the quarterback says he slipped during the fight and hit his head, resulting in a concussion and seizure.

“I’m willing to take full responsibility — it was my fault,” McGloin told reporters. “I started it, but as a quarterback for this university, I should be held to a higher standard. It should not have happened. I should’ve walked away from it.

“It was just two guys who are emotional about the game, who got into an argument.”

Two teammates fighting is understandable — that happens sometimes. But it’s hard to know if McGloin is telling the truth or trying to cover an embarrassing story. Nobody wants to be known as the person who went to the hospital after getting knocked out by a teammate.

Here’s a video of McGloin’s comments to reporters:

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Penn State Players Reportedly Fight After Practice, QB Matt McGloin Knocked Out

As if Penn State didn’t already have enough issues between the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the search for a new coach, we now have this. Reports say quarterback Matt McGloin was knocked out by wide receiver Curtis Drake when the two fought after practice Saturday.

Penn State Rivals reporter Nate Bauer recapped what he was told.

“Drake/McGloin jawing in practice, Drake initiates making amends in locker room, McGloin takes exception…McGloin punch/shove (unclear), Drake takes him to floor, pop to the chin, McGloin ‘lights out.’”

Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says police were called after the fight. Kicker Anthony Fera reportedly confirmed that a fight took place. The players also held a meeting after practice, but McGloin reportedly was not part of it. The Patriot-News says he was taken to a hospital to be checked for a possible seizure.

The Nittany Lions are preparing for their January 2nd bowl game against Houston.

See Nits, we told you to turn down the bowl invitation. This is just karma.