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Former Nittany Lion Matt McGloin Impressive in First NFL Start

It didn’t take long for former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin to make his presence felt in the National Football League. McGloin, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oakland Raiders, saw his first professional action on Sunday when he filled in for the injured Terrelle Pryor. McGloin led the Raiders to a 28-23 road victory over the Houston Texans.

McGloin played a big part in the Oakland victory and looked impressive as a first-time starter. He completed 18-of-32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He wasted no time forming chemistry with his receivers, especially Rod Streater and Mychal Rivera. Streater caught six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, while Rivera caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown.

McGloin showed poise in the pocket and avoided any costly mistakes.

The former Nittany Lion signal-caller made a name for himself at the collegiate level last season under the tutelage of head coach Bill O’Brien. McGloin flourished in O’Brien’s NFL-style offense and showed that he had the potential to have a career at the next level. He entered Penn State as a walk-on before earning the opportunity to see time as a starter. Before last season though, he had been unimpressive during his collegiate career.

Under O’Brien, McGloin turned his career around, throwing for 3,271 yards with 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He finished 2012 as the top passer in the Big Ten Conference.

Despite his successful senior season, McGloin was overlooked in the draft and wasn’t thought of as an NFL-caliber quarterback. Sunday’s performance should build McGloin’s confidence and show his doubters that he may have a future playing quarterback on Sundays on a regular basis.

For the Raiders, it was their first win in three games and their first win away from Oakland this season. McGloin should get another shot to start next week when Oakland hosts the Tennessee Titans at home.

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