October 8, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Rob Bolden (1) gets ready to pass the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes defense in the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Penn State Depth Chart: QB


Over the next few days, we are going to take a look at the Penn State football depth chart and how it stands with the 2012 recruits now infused into it. We’ll start with the quarterback, where the biggest question of 2012 (and also 2011…2010…) stands.

Likely depth chart when Summer Camp begins:

QB1:
Rob Bolden (Jr.) or Matt McGloin (RS Sr.)

QB3:
Paul Jones (RS So.)

QB4:
Steven Bench* (Fr.)

Others:
Shane McGregor (Sr. if he returns)
Garrett Venuto (Jr.)

This could literally be upside down from what we see on opening day against Ohio University. I do believe though, that the indecisiveness of last year will be gone. O’ Brien will almost certainly pick a guy and give him the lion’s share of snaps in practice.

Bolden has all the physical tools, but seemed to regress last season. I am interested to see what comes of RoBo under the coaching of O’Brien.

McGloin doesn’t have the physical ability of the other guys, but has the experience edge and did improve on his turnovers last season. He will not go down without a fight…just ask Curtis Drake.

Paul Jones is a fan favorite, though he has not yet stepped foot on the game field. By his own admission, he has struggled with grades and with achieving the required amount of credits. He has a fantastic arm and was highly touted coming out of high school but PJ and fans must come to the realization that Penn State and Paul Jones may be close to cutting ties and going in different directions.

Steven Bench is the wild card. It’s not likely that a true freshman, enrolling in the summer, will be able to pass the players above him. However, if none of the current QBs can separate themselves from the competition in the Spring, that may leave the door open for Bench. Steven is armed with terrific accuracy and 4.61 speed to go along with his confident demeanor. I would not be surprised if Bench burns his redshirt early in the season for either grooming purposes, or because he outplays the competition.

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