Published Thursday, November 8, 2012 AT 7:20 PM / Updated at 7:48 PM
Rushing McGloin to be a challenge
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

One of the challenges for the Nebraska defense on Saturday will be getting to Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin.

Despite throwing 350 passes this season the Nittany Lions have allowed just 13 sacks. Four of those came in the 35-23 loss to Ohio State two weeks ago.

“He’s a real quick-rhythm thrower,” NU coach Bo Pelini said Thursday. “He gets the ball in and out. A lot of quick-rhythm passing game. Hopefully we can challenge and get on some routes, and make him hold the ball a little longer.”

The surprising part of the low sack total is that McGloin is not an overly mobile quarterback and PSU doesn’t move him around much.

“They kind of do what they do and he’s quick with the football,” Pelini said. “He makes quick decisions and dumps the ball.”

McGloin is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for a Big Ten-best 2,436 yards. The senior also has 18 touchdown passes with just three interceptions.

Some other Thursday items:

>> Pelini said I-back Rex Burkhead (knee) is doubtful for the 2:30 p.m. game Saturday. Receiver Tim Marlowe (shoulder) is “probably 50-50 right now.” Everybody else, according to Pelini, is ready to go.

>> Burkhead, linebacker Sean Fisher, offensive guard Spencer Long and tight end Jake Long on Thursday were named Academic All-District 7 selections. All four now become eligible for Academic All-America honors (Burkhead was first team a year ago, and Fisher second team).

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