Matt McGloin
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McGloin with the Raiders in January 2017
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Personal information
Born: (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989 (age 30)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:West Scranton
(Scranton, Pennsylvania)
College:Penn State
Career history
*Oakland Raiders ( 2013 2016)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Burlsworth Trophy (2012)
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:277
Pass completions:161
Passing yards:1,868
Passer rating:75.3
Player stats at

Matthew James "Matt" McGloin (born December 2, 1989) is a former American football quarterback. He was the starting quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2010 to 2012. He is the first walk-on quarterback to start at Penn State since scholarships were reinstated in 1949. Prior to his college career, McGloin was a Pennsylvania all-state quarterback while attending West Scranton High School. He is currently a field reporter for Penn State football's radio broadcasts and a football journalist.

Early years[edit | edit source]

McGloin was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was a three-sport (football, basketball, and baseball) stand-out at (from 2004-2008) West Scranton High School earning ten varsity letters. He was a three-year starter at West Scranton, throwing for 5,485 career yards with 58 touchdowns. As the starting quarterback, McGloin led his team to two PIAA Class AAA district titles and a league title. He was named the 2007-08 Athlete of the Year by the Scranton Times-Tribune, who also named him as their Athlete of the Week three times. He was also a four-year starter and scored 1,300 career points for the school's basketball team and also served as the team captain. He garnered many league and tournament all-star and MVP awards. McGloin was a three-year starter on the varsity baseball team as an infielder and pitcher. During his senior year, he was named all-region as a two-way player. He hit over .400 and led his team in many offensive categories as well as registering a 7-0 record on the mound. In his senior season, he led his high school baseball team to its first conference championship in 16 years. He played on the prestigious Mid Atlantic Prospects summer travel baseball team from Philadelphia.

College career[edit | edit source]

2009 season[edit | edit source]

McGloin joined the Nittany Lions football team in 2009 as a walk-on. He was a backup in 2009, playing against Syracuse, Eastern Illinois, Michigan, and Michigan State where he had a combined zero completions on two attempts. In the Blue-White game, McGloin was a combined 9-of-13 for 111 yards and threw two touchdown passes, one for each team. After playing behind Daryll Clark and Kevin Newsome in 2009, he ended up third on the depth chart in early 2010 behind Rob Bolden, a true freshman from Detroit.

2010 season[edit | edit source]

McGloin was in a three-quarterback competition for the starting job in 2010 with Newsome and Bolden. Bolden won the starting job for the season-opener against Youngstown State, Newsome played in the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown, and McGloin played one play, where he handed off to third-string tailback Curtis Dukes. On October 23, 2010, McGloin played against Minnesota when Kevin Newsome was sidelined with stomach flu and Bolden left the game with a concussion. McGloin threw two touchdowns in Penn State's first Big Ten victory after losses to Illinois and Iowa.[1]

On October 30, McGloin made his first start at quarterback and threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in a 41-31 win over Michigan. Bolden started the next week against Northwestern, but was pulled from the game by coach Joe Paterno after he was sacked twice and lost a fumble. McGloin rallied the Nittany Lions from a 21-point deficit to a 35-21 victory with four touchdown passes, a mark he matched twice his senior year but never surpassed. The victory was also the 400th of Paterno's career.[2]

On November 10, Paterno officially named McGloin the team's starter.[3] On November 13, McGloin scored the first passing touchdowns in Ohio Stadium by a Penn State quarterback since 1963 and put them up 14-3 over the Buckeyes at halftime. He passed for 300+ yards and two touchdowns in both of the final regular-season games against Indiana and Michigan St, but threw five interceptions in a loss to Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl, including one returned 80 yards for a touchdown on a potential game-winning drive late in the game's last minute. He finished the season 118-of-215, for 1,548 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 128.5. Despite playing in only 7 of the team's 12 games, he ranked tenth in the conference in completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, and rating, but tied for 4th in interceptions.

2011 season[edit | edit source]

McGloin split time at quarterback with Rob Bolden much of the 2011 season. He went 14-29 in the blue and white game and led Penn State to a game-winning drive over in-state rival Temple in week 3. He saw increasing playing time through the season, both starting and playing his first complete game in a Week 8 victory over Northwestern.[4] Despite a poor 9-of-24 for 98 yard performance the next week, McGloin's Nittany Lions defeated Illinois 10-7 for coach Joe Paterno's record-breaking 409th career win,[5] and the 8-1 team rose to 12th in the AP Poll on the following bye week. The rest of the season was marred by the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the team lost 3 of their last four games, and McGloin did not play in the team's TicketCity Bowl loss to Houston after suffering a concussion during a locker room altercation with receiver Curtis Drake.[6]

Though McGloin took only 2/3 of the team's snaps that season, he led the team and finished 9th in the Big Ten with 125 completions, 231 attempts, a 54.1% completion percentage, 1,571 passing yards, and an efficiency of 118.3. He also had 8 touchdown passes (10th in the Big Ten) against only 5 interceptions.

2012 season[edit | edit source]

The arrival of new head coach Bill O'Brien paid huge dividends for McGloin. Though one of three quarterbacks considered for the starting role until just before opening day,[7] McGloin started all 12 games and had a passer efficiency rating over 100 in all of them. In Week 4 against Eastern Michigan, McGloin went 14-of-17 for 220 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions, for the highest completion percentage (82.4%) and passer efficiency (249.3) by a Penn State quarterback since 2000. On November 17, 2012, in the course of a 395 yard, four-touchdown effort over Illinois, he surpassed Daryll Clark's career record for touchdown passes (45) in Penn State history,[8] Clark's single-season record of 3,003 passing yards, [9] and Anthony Morelli's single-season record of 234 completions.[10] He finished the season leading the Big Ten with a school-record 270 completions, 446 attempts, 3,271 yards and 24 touchdowns.[11] McGloin earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors and was the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy winner, given by the Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas to the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.[12]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2009 Penn State 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2010 Penn State 118 215 54.9 1548 7.2 14 9 128.5 13 6 0.5 2
2011 Penn State 125 231 54.1 1571 6.8 8 5 118.3 24 −12 −0.5 0
2012 Penn State 270 446 60.5 3271 7.3 24 9 137.7 59 −51 −0.9 5
Career 513 894 57.4 6390 7.1 46 19 130.2 96 −57 −0.6 7


Legacy at Penn State[edit | edit source]

McGloin ended his career at Penn State with a school-record 46 touchdowns, and ranked 2nd in school history to Zack Mills with 513-of-894 for 6,390 yards.[14] His career efficiency of 130.2 is the highest among players with at least 750 pass attempts. McGloin was honored on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Rep. Marty Flynn in 2013.[15] Flynn cited McGloin's "daily demonstration of grit and tenacity."[15] The Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University named its baseball field after McGloin.[16]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

McGloin was rated the 22nd best quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft by[17]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 207 lb 4.86 s 1.72 s 2.88 s 4.29 s 7.00 s 28 in 9 ft 0 in

Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

2013 season: Rookie year[edit | edit source]

McGloin was not drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, but he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oakland Raiders after a visit, May 15, 2013.[18]

McGloin made the team and began the season 3rd on the depth chart, behind starter Terrelle Pryor and backup Matt Flynn.[19] After Flynn's disappointing Week 4 showing (starting for an injured Pryor) against the Washington Redskins, McGloin was promoted past Flynn to be Pryor's backup.[20][21] McGloin made his first NFL appearance during the fourth quarter of the November 3, 2013 game between the Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles.[22] He debuted as the Raiders' starting quarterback on November 17, 2013; along with Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel, he was one of two undrafted rookie quarterbacks to start a game in the 2013 season, a historically rare occurrence. McGloin threw for three touchdowns and led the Raiders to a 28-23 victory over the Houston Texans. The next week, McGloin threw a go-ahead touchdown to Marcel Reece late in the fourth quarter of a 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans. In a Thanksgiving contest against the Dallas Cowboys, McGloin earned praise for his play in the loss and an honorable mention for Phil Simms's "All-Iron Award" for the most valuable player. Despite consistent play from McGloin, the Raiders lost their next four games, and Pryor retook the starting role for the final game of the season. McGloin's 259.0 passing yards per game is second only to Jake Delhomme in NFL history for an undrafted rookie.

2014 season[edit | edit source]

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McGloin in 2014

In 2014, McGloin began the season behind rookie quarterback Derek Carr and backup Matt Schaub. He played in just one game, replacing an injured Carr midway through third quarter of a 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins during Week 4. He threw a touchdown and an interception in the loss. [23]

2015 season[edit | edit source]

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McGloin in 2015

In 2015, McGloin was promoted to second-string backup after Schaub was released during the offseason. He played just over two quarters for an injured Carr on opening day, throwing two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Reece in 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and appeared in just one other game that season.

2016 season[edit | edit source]

McGloin appeared only briefly in two games early in the 2016 season behind a greatly improved Carr. However, in Week 16, Carr suffered a broken right fibula early in the 4th quarter on his only sack against the Indianapolis Colts, with an expected recovery time of 6–8 weeks.[24] On January 1, 2017, McGloin made his first start since 2013, completing 6 of 11 passes for 21 yards before suffering a shoulder injury late in the second quarter and being replaced by Connor Cook in a 24-6 loss to the Denver Broncos, which cost the Raiders the AFC West championship and a first-round bye.[25][26] On January 4, Cook was named the starter for the AFC Wildcard Game against the Houston Texans.[27] McGloin was limited in practice due to his injury but was still active as Cook's backup for the playoff game.[28][29][30] McGloin did not see any action in the playoff game as the Raiders lost to the Texans 27–14.[31]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit | edit source]

On April 10, 2017, McGloin signed a 1-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.[32] On September 1, 2017, he was released by the Eagles.[33]

Houston Texans[edit | edit source]

On November 3, 2017, McGloin and T. J. Yates were both signed by the Houston Texans after a season-ending ACL injury to starter Deshaun Watson. Head coach Bill O'Brien said that Yates would be the backup to Tom Savage for the November 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts, making McGloin the third-string quarterback.[34][35] He was released on November 7, 2017, after the team signed Josh Johnson.[36]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

On March 30, 2018, McGloin was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.[37] He was released on September 2, 2018.[38]

NFL statistics[edit | edit source]

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2013 OAK 7 6 118 211 55.9 1,547 7.3 8 8 76.1 11 27 2.5 0
2014 OAK 1 0 12 19 63.2 129 6.8 1 2 61.0 2 3 1.5 0
2015 OAK 2 0 23 32 71.9 142 4.4 2 1 88.3 0 0 0 0
2016 OAK 3 1 8 15 53.3 50 3.3 0 0 60.4 3 -3 -1.0 0
Career 13 7 161 277 58.1 1,868 6.7 11 11 75.3 16 27 1.7 0


Personal life[edit | edit source]

McGloin is the youngest of three children. He was born to Paul and Catherine McGloin on December 2, 1989. He has two older brothers, Paul and John.[40][41]

McGloin completed his degree in broadcast journalism in May 2012, prior to his senior season at Penn State. As of 2012, he resided in Scranton, Pennsylvania with his wife, Bailey Amos.[42]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. DiPaola, Jerry (October 25, 2010). "McGloin steps up for Penn State". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  2. Musselman, Ron (November 7, 2010). "Paterno earns 400th win as Penn State tops Northwestern". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  3. Musselman, Ron (November 10, 2010). "Paterno picks McGloin to take on Ohio State". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  4. Juliano, Joe (October 23, 2011). "McGloin leads Penn State past Northwestern". Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  5. Press, The Associated. "Paterno gets Division I record with PSU's win over Illinois". Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  6. Snyder, Audrey (December 31, 2011). "Bolden in line to start at QB". Pittsburgh Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  7. "PSU's Redd looks to expand his impact". April 12, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
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  11. The single-season records for completions and attempts were tied and broken respectively by Christian Hackenberg in 2014. He remains the record holder in yardage and tied with Clark for most touchdowns.
  12. "Big Ten Award Winners". Big Ten Football. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
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  14. As of 2016, he is second in touchdowns and third in the other three categories, having been surpassed by Christian Hackenberg.
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  16. Dustin Hockensmith (March 22, 2013). "The still-growing legacy of former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin". Retrieved March 22, 2013.
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  20. Bair, Scott (October 2, 2013). "Allen: Pryor to start on Sunday". CSN Bay Area. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013.
  21. Vic Tafur. "Flynn now third-string; Pryor "symptom-free"".
  22. Elliott, Jeremy (November 3, 2013). "Former Penn State QB Matt McGloin sees first NFL action in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia".
  23. Paskal, Eddie. "Dolphins Overwhelm Raiders in London". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  24. "Raiders quarterback Derek Carr breaks fibula". December 24, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  25. Paskal, Eddie (January 1, 2017). "Oakland Raiders Wrap Up Regular Season With 24-6 Loss To Denver Broncos". Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  26. Gutierrez, Paul (January 1, 2017). "Rookie QB Connor Cook takes over for Matt McGloin in Raiders' loss". Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  27. "Raiders Announce Connor Cook To Start Playoff Game Vs. Texans". Associated Press. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  28. "Matt McGloin expected to be active as backup". January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  29. "With Matt McGloin Available, Raiders Decide to Stick With Connor Cook". Associated Press. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  30. DaSilva, Cameron (January 8, 2017). "Raiders coach Jack Del Rio admits he considered benching Connor Cook". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  32. "Matt McGloin, Eagles Agree to Terms on One-Year Contract". April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  33. "Eagles Announce 16 Moves; Trim Roster To 70 Players". September 1, 2017.
  34. Patra, Kevin (November 3, 2017). "Houston Texans sign QBs T.J. Yates, Matt McGloin".
  35. "Texans' Matt McGloin: Third stringer in Houston". November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  36. Shook, Nick (November 7, 2017). "Texans release Matt McGloin, sign Josh Johnson". Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  37. "Chiefs sign QB Matt McGloin, WR Nelson Spruce". March 30, 2018.
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