In his press conference last week, Joe Paterno was asked a lot about the Nittany Lions quarterback battle. Paterno indicted that the quarterback battle was a two man race between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin.
That means that out of the mix are sophomore Paul Jones, who is undergoing his second spring practice since enrolling in January 2010, and junior Kevin Newsome. Newsome announced a desire to transfer in December and did not accompany the Nittany Lions on their bowl trip to the Outback. Paterno gave no inkling as to Newsome’s future.
Here are some of of the things Paterno said about the quarterback situation:
- Since their meeting in early January that included Bolden’s father as well as quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno, the coach and quarterback have not met.
- Don’t expect any decision soon. It may be in Paterno’s best interest that both players think they may have the inside track on the job: Bolden might stay and McGloin would continue improving.
- “For us to guarantee somebody’s going to be No. 1 at the end of spring practice, I think that’s too close for that,” Paterno said. “I don’t think it has to be a clear No 1. going into summer. I think we have to have a couple of kids that feel like as if they have a shot at being No. 1.”
- Paterno is hopeful that Bolden will stay, but is cautious: “It’s eight days (of spring practice) now, so he’s doing well. He’s a good leader out there. He’s got some enthusiasm. It looks like he’s having fun. So I’ve got my fingers crossed.”