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Matt McGloin
Penn State Nittany LionsNo. 11
Quarterback Redshirt Senior
Major: Journalism
Date of birth: (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Career history
High school: West Scranton High School
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Career highlights and awards
* Team Captain 2012
  • 2 time Big Ten Player Of The Week (11/17/2012- 9/24/11)
  • Burlsworth Trophy (2012)
  • Penn State SIngle Season Passing Leader (3,271)
  • Penn State Single Season Touchdown Leader (24)
  • Penn State Single Season Completion Leader (270)
  • Penn State Career Leader in Touchdown Passes (46)[1]
  • Honorable Mention All Big Ten (2012)[2]
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Matthew James "Matt" McGloin (born December 2, 1989) was a starting quarterback for Penn State University's football team. He is the first former 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.

Early years

Matt McGloin was a three sport (football, basketball and baseball) stand-out at 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 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 (Philadelphia, PA).

College career

2009 season

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. 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

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 4th 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 entered the Nittany Lions game against Minnesota as the team's second-string quarterback after Kevin Newsome was sidelined with a stomach flu. Bolden had left the game with a concussion. McGloin then entered the game and threw two touchdowns in relief of Bolden, providing Penn State with its first Big Ten victory after losses to Illinois and Iowa.[3]

On October 30, McGloin made his first start at quarterback. During the game he threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in a 41-31 win over Michigan. However, a week later against Northwestern, Bolden was once again named the team's starting quarterback. Bolden, however, was pulled from the game by Penn State coach, Joe Paterno, after he was sacked twice and lost a fumble on one of the plays. McGloin entered the game and rallied the Nittany Lions from a 21-point deficit to a 35-21 victory. McGloin threw 4 touchdown passes in the game. The victory was also the 400th of Paterno's career.[4]

On November 10, Paterno officially named McGloin the team's starter.[5]

McGloin scored the first passing touchdowns in Ohio Stadium by a Penn State quarterback since 1963 and put them up 14-3 at halftime.

2011 season

McGloin started the final five regular-season contests and played in all 12 regular-season games. He completed 54.1 percent of his passes (125-of-231) for 1,571 yards and eight touchdowns, with five interceptions. McGloin boosted his career 200-yard passing game total to seven to rank No. 10 in Penn State annals. McGloin shared Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors after completing 14-of-17 passes and throwing for three touchdowns against Eastern Michigan. He led touchdown drives on three of his four possessions and threw for a season-high 220 yards, connecting with Derek Moye on a pair of scoring strikes. He completed 6-of-8 passes for 77 yards and led three touchdown drives in the season opener against Indiana State and engineered a touchdown drive and completed 13-of-19 passes for 124 yards in the road test at Temple. In the Big Ten opener at Indiana, McGloin threw for 204 yards and a touchdown for his seventh career 200-yard game. He directed a balanced attack that gained 464 yards and set season-highs for time of possession (37:27) and plays (86) against the Hoosiers. McGloin tossed a career-long 74-yard touchdown pass to Moye in the third quarter at Indiana, Penn State's longest play from scrimmage last season. He completed 12-of-19 passes for 133 yards in the matchup against Iowa. Owning a three-point fourth-quarter lead, McGloin threw a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Haplea for the final 10-point cushion. He led one touchdown drive and threw for 145 yards in the Leaders Division matchup against Purdue, gaining 16 rushing yards on three attempts. McGloin made his first start of the season at Northwestern and led the Nittany Lions to an exciting primetime finish. He was 17-of-26 for 192 yards and two touchdowns, leading six straight scoring drives. He threw touchdown passes to Justin Brown (4 yards) and Devon Smith (45 yards) in a frenetic first quarter, with the teams combining for 51 first-half points. McGloin started against Illinois and engineered the final 10-play, 80-yard drive that began with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter, completing four passes for 58 yards on the drive. He connected with Justin Brown and Derek Moye twice for 29 yards each on the drive, which was capped by a Silas Redd three-yard touchdown run with 1:08 to play. Against Nebraska, McGloin threw for 193 yards. He also made his first career reception, gaining 16 yards deep in Husker territory to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown. McGloin started in the big division battle at Ohio State, directing four first-half scoring drives. He was 10-of-18 for 88 yards as Penn State ran for 239 yards against the Buckeyes. McGloin tossed a 44-yard scoring strike to Curtis Drake to give the Nittany Lions a 7-0 first-quarter lead at Wisconsin in the battle for the inaugural Leaders Division title. He was 9-of-17 for 97 yards against the Badgers. McGloin totaled 559 snaps for the year, with season-highs of 80 plays against Nebraska and 65 at Northwestern.[citation needed]

2012 season

During the 2012 season, McGloin experienced much statistical success. On November 17, 2012, he surpassed Daryll Clark's record for most career touchdown passes in Penn State history with 45,[1] Clark's single-season passing yard record of 3003,[6] and the record for most completions in a season.[7] It was announced on November 27, 2012 that McGloin had earned Honorable Mention All Big Ten honors. On December 3, 2012, McGloin was announced as 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.[2]


Through end of week 12 of the 2012 season, McGloin's statistics are as follows:[8]

    Passing   Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
2009 Penn State 2 0.0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Penn State 6 128.5 215 118 54.9 1,548 14 9 13 6 2
2011 Penn State 13 118.3 231 125 54.1 1,571 8 5 24 -12 0
2012 Penn State 12 137.7 446 270 60.5 3,271 24 5 59 -51 5
Totals 31 130.2 894 513 57.4 6,390 46 19 96 -57 7


Matt McGloin is the youngest of three children to Paul and Catherine McGloin. Paul is a retired City of Scranton employee. Catherine is a graduate of Marywood University and homemaker. Together, they co-own McGloin's Floral in Scranton. Matt has two older brothers: Paul (age 34), played baseball and graduated from the University of Scranton. John (age 27), played baseball and graduated from Lehigh University. Paul is an accomplished baseball coach and teacher. He served as Matt's high school baseball coach. John is an architect.

McGloin received his degree in Broadcast/Journalism in May 2012.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Juliano, Joe. "Penn State routs Indiana as Matt McGloin sets passing mark". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Big Ten Award Winners". Big Ten Football. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  3. DiPaola, Jerry (October 25, 2010). "McGloin steps up for Penn State". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  4. Musselman, Ron (November 7, 2010). "Paterno earns 400th win as Penn State tops Northwestern". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  5. Musselman, Ron (November 10, 2010). "Paterno picks McGloin to take on Ohio State". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  6. "Indiana Hoosiers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - Recap - November 17, 2012". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  7. "McGloin shatters records in win". Impressions Media.,230551. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  8. "Matt McGloin". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 1, 2012.

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