Penn State Football Notebook: Matt McGloin Taken Out of Media Spotlight for a Week
Senior quarterback Matt McGloin had been a regular in the 1 p.m. Wednesday time slot this season for a weekly call with reporters. So naturally, two days after making some candid remarks in response to the goal line fumble by tight end Matt Lehman at Nebraska, it was announced McGloin would not be made available to PSU beat writers this week.
"We're not going to get that call here," McGloin told reporters at Nebraska. "We're not going to get that call ever, actually, against any team. It doesn't matter who the refs are. That's the way it is."
A Big Ten spokesman said neither Penn State nor McGloin were issued any notice or penalty — nor are there plans to — for questioning the integrity of the officials following the 32-23 loss at Nebraska.
As for McGloin getting a break from the press?
"I choose what players to talk to the media every week, and I just chose for him to not be on that list," coach Bill O'Brien said.
He added: "At the end of the day, it's a free country and Matt can say what he wants, and that's what he did. He's an emotional kid but, look, it's time to move on to Indiana and that's it."
O'Brien on Tuesday deflected any question about the controversial officiating call, and players did not dwell on it. Nobody other than McGloin lashed out at the officials. Then again, nobody has apologized for McGloin, either.
“The thing about Matt is the team has great respect for his fire and his passion,” senior right tackle Mike Farrell said. “The fact that he wants to go out and make a comment, that’s his prerogative. I just saw the passion was there, and that’s fine. We’re still behind him. This team is really sticking together. That’s how I processed that reaction in my mind.”
Lehman, James Among Tight Ends Expected to Fill in for Carter
Kyle Carter had been one of the most utilized weapons on offense this year. He is second on the team in receptions (36) and receiving yards (453), and he has caught two touchdown passes.
So when Bill O’Brien announced Tuesday that Carter was out for the remainder of the season, the attention turned to tight ends Matt Lehman and freshman Jesse James to fill in for the final two games. Lehman has 19 catches, 228 yards and three touchdowns this year, and James has caught 11 passes for 144 and four touchdowns.
“Here is a guy that is a run‑on player, that was at Shippensburg and came to Penn State,” O’Brien said of Lehman. “What a story.
“He's become a better and better route runner all year, and he's come up with some big catches for us in these games, and it's because of his hard work.”
Carter left Saturday’s game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a right wrist injury. O’Brien offered no further comment on the extent of the injury but summarized the redshirt freshman’s breakout season.
“He had an excellent season for us,” O’Brien said of Carter. “Here is a guy, a young player, that came in here trying to learn a position that is a very difficult position to learn. This is‑‑ offensively it's the second hardest position to learn behind quarterback. You're involved in the running game, in protections, you're involved in route running, you have to recognize coverage.
“There are so many different things that you have to know, and I thought as a young player he came in here and did a really nice job. He's got excellent hands, he's a tough kid, he's a great kid, just a really good guy to have on the team."