Paterno’s presser does nothing to advance quarterback issue

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno held his weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoon, so like a moron I booted up my computer in the hope that Matt McGloin would be announced as the starting quarterback versus Iowa. Instead, we get stonewalled again. Paterno still sees no difference between the performances of the two quarterbacks, which makes me think that Penn State will be playing two quarterbacks all season long. If Paterno can’t choose a quarterback now, when McGloin has been completing passes at a higher rate, completing longer passes and throwing more touchdowns and less interceptions than Bolden, I’m afraid it’s just not going to happen.

But I don’t see much of a difference in the way we perform under either kid, I really don’t. That makes me very, very reluctant because they both work so hard, they’re good kids, good students, good citizens and the whole bit. For me to go out there and say, “Hey, you’re better than the other guy,” because right now I honestly can’t tell you one’s better than the other.

Let’s move on.

  •  Chima Okoli will start at tackle versus Iowa. Okoli was hurt last week in Indiana, but he should be healthy enough to play now. Paterno said that Okoli’s back-up, Mike Farrell will be a “pretty good football player.” I’d be surprised if Farrell wasn’t one of the starting tackles next season.
  • Stephfon Green is with the team and working with the second and third string offenses. Still no word on whether he’ll see game action anytime soon. That’s not really a big deal because reserve halfback Curtis Dukes has proved to be quite talented recently.
  • D’Anton Lynn’s status is still up in the air. Paterno said the doctors aren’t keen on pushing him before he’s ready. He’s considered doubtful to play versus Iowa.
  • Just like The Collegian said yesterday, Stephon Morris should be good to play on Saturday.
  • Paterno claims that he doesn’t decide which quarterback starts each game. He wasn’t aware that McGloin hasn’t made a start yet.
  • Curtis Drake still isn’t 100% with his leg. He’s been limited in practice. Don’t expect him or freshman Bill Belton to play this week.
  • Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is married to the daughter of Paterno’s high school teammate, Gerry Hart. Randomness!

For the entire press conference transcript, click here.

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Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune thinks that Jay Paterno is at fault for the lack of a quarterback decision.

So, while Jay waits for that one week when Bolden puts it all together — the kid has started 13 games and has far from done that yet — the offense continues to struggle. Is this the only quarterbacks coach in the nation who would start his second best quarterback? He may be the only quarterbacks coach in the nation with so much perceived investment in his second-best quarterback.

I can’t say I know for sure who is responsible for choosing which quarterback plays when, but I do know that I will go from mildly frustrated to raging mad if Penn State loses a Big Ten game because of this try-out scenario continuing. Hopefully, the decision will be made soon, but like I said before, it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen unless something catastrophic occurs. Happy hump day, everyone.

Topics: Bill Belton, Chima Okoli, Curtis Drake, D'Anton Lynn, Joe Paterno, Matt McGloin, Mike Farrell, Rob Bolden, Stephfon Green, Stephon Morris

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