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For Penn State Football's NFL Pro Day, Matt McGloin Scouts Matt McGloin

by on March 07, 2013 11:40 PM

A bevy of NFL scouts will hit campus on Monday for Penn State’s NFL Pro Day.

That’s when a select handful of Nittany Lion football players whose collegiate playing days ended with the 2012 season will be on display for pro scouts from around The League.

The former Nittany Lions will be put through their paces on a variety of drills, including the bench press, shuttle run and – most famously – the 40-yard dash. Quarterback Matt McGloin will be among the group of Penn Staters who will be under scrutiny Monday morning inside Holuba Hall.

As a fifth-year senior quarterback in 2012, McGloin had a breakout season for 8-4 Penn State, performing admirably under the stiffest of challenges – a new coach in Bill O’Brien, a new pro-style offense, playing under a national magnifying class after the Sandusky scandal and operating without the team’s top returning receiver (Justin Brown) and running back (Silas Redd), who both transferred mid-summer.

No matter. McGloin finished as the top passer in the Big Ten Conference, throwing for league-highs in total yards (3,271), attempts (446, tie), completions (270) and touchdowns (24), while throwing only five interceptions (No. 2 among full-time starters).

Not bad for a former walk-on from West Scranton High, who yearned to play for Notre Dame – but never got the call – and turned down Lehigh for a shot at the big-time. McGloin’s confidence, and ultimately his terrific 2012 performance, have served him well. He enters the NFL’s April draft ranked by CBSSports.com as the No. 18 quarterback – not bad, when you consider No. 17 is Collin Klein of Kansas State, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

With Pro Day just 72 hours away, who better to provide a scouting report on McGloin than McGloin himself – apropos, in part, because whenever his playing days are over, McG plans on putting his broadcast journalism degree to use as a sports analyst.

Here’s what McGloin has to say about his namesake:

Size: “Barefoot, I am 6 foot and one-half inch. I feel great. I weigh 204-205. I tried to slim down a bit and get myself faster.”

Speed: “I ran a 4.73 (40) the other day. My shuttle is great. I have the best three-cone drill (time) of any of our Pro Day guys right now. Fitz (Penn State strength coach Craig Fitzgerald) and some of his guys were shocked at some of the times I ran and the things I could do.”

Pro Day prep: “I was in California Jan. 3 to Feb. 16, working with Travelle Gaines, who runs (performance camp) Athletic Gaines. I was throwing to guys like Cobi Hamilton from Arkansas and Kenny Stills from Oklahoma. In the afternoon, I was working with my quarterback guy Steve Calhoun, who’s also worked with Mike Glennon (of N.C. State) and Jordan Rodgers (of Vanderbilt).”

Biggest diversion while in California: “Going to a filming of Tosh.0.”

Pro Day targets: “I’m spending the week before Pro Day in Pittsburgh throwing to (former Lion wide receiver) Derek Moye. On Monday, I’ll throw to him and (Penn State assistant strength and conditioning coach) Brian Bell, who played tight end in college (at Kent State) and had a tryout with the Redskins.”

Strengths: “I’m hearing that they like that I’m a cerebral quarterback, I have good feet, I’m good in the pocket. The No. 1 thing that is going to help me is running that offense and being successful with it – 29 total touchdowns (running and passing) and only five interceptions. That I was truly running a pro offense makes me stand out from the other guys.”

Weaknesses: “Well, you read things like I’m not that big or my hand size is not that big. The hands thing, even if it were true, doesn’t affect the way I throw the ball. They just look for ways not to take you. But, hey, those are things I can’t really control. And those are things I can make up for in areas I’m good at.”

The O’Brien factor: “I’ve had conversations with Coach O’Brien about getting to the NFL. You know how he is, he’s a New England guy. The Patriots don’t care where you came from or how tall you are or what school you went to as long as you can play, be successful and do what they want you too. You do that, you’ll play.

“The main thing Coach O’Brien said was, ‘All you need to worry about is getting into a camp.’ He said that and I believe it. If I get there, I’ll adapt, I’ll learn the system, I’ll make smart decisions.”

Expected draft position: “I’m a realistic guy. Getting drafted is a long shot. But all I need to do is get into camp and I can take it from there.”

 

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Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979. He is a senior lecturer in Penn State's College of Communications and teaches a pair of classes in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism: “Sports Writing” and “Introduction to the Sports Industry.” He created and taught for several years the Center’s course on “Joe Paterno, Communications and The Media.” Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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