Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AT 4:45 PM / Updated at 4:45 PM
McGloin not thinking QB battle
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 327 yards when Penn State played against Braxton Miller and Ohio State, but it hardly mattered to him since the Nittany Lions lost 35-23 to the Buckeyes back on Oct. 27.

McGloin looks at it the same way as PSU gets ready for Taylor Martinez and Nebraska on Saturday.

The fifth-year senior and former walk-on from Scranton, Pa., said he hasn’t been getting up any more for the Nittany Lions’ games this season against the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Even if he’s trying to gain some of the same respect.

Why would he?

“I don’t really pay too much attention to that,” McGloin said. “It really has no affect on me.

“I don’t need to worry about what their quarterback does for us to win the game. That’s not my job. My job is to worry about what the (opposing) defense is doing and what I’m doing. I just have to worry about taking care of my business and taking care of what I’m supposed to do.”

McGloin has been one of the better comeback stories this season in the Big Ten. He currently leads the league in passing with 2,436 yards – along with 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions – and ranks fourth behind Miller, Martinez and Denard Robinson in total offense.

Those three, however, were considered All-Big Ten candidates to start the season. McGloin was coming off shaky sophomore and junior years before finally thriving in head coach Bill O’Brien’s system.

“This guy’s had a good year, and the proof is in how he’s played,” O’Brien said. “And I’m proud of the kid for how far he’s come.”

We’ll have more on McGloin in a story in Thursday’s paper.

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