If Matt McGloin zings passes against Ohio State as well as he answered questions Wednesday, Penn State might be in good shape Saturday night.
The fifth-year senior quarterback participated in an engaging 24-minute session with local, Ohio and national reporters three days before one of the biggest games of his career.
♦ McGloin said he feels no empathy for Ohio State players. The Buckeyes face a one-year postseason ban for a tattoos-for-cash scandal. Penn State’s postseason ban, a product of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, is four years.
“After what we have gone through, I don’t feel bad for anybody or any program,” he said. “That’s it.”
♦ McGloin said Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and West Scranton basketball coach Jack Lyons display similar intensity. Lyons groomed McGloin into a successful point guard and the pair maintain a close relationship.
“We bump heads once in a while,” McGloin said of his relationship with O’Brien. “We may have our disagreements, but at the end of the day, we have become closer. It’s about being competitive and wanting to do what’s best for the team.”
McGloin listed multiple similarities between himself and O’Brien.
“We are Irish men, we have a bit of an angriness about us, we are competitive guys,” McGloin said. “I guess we both can fly off the handle at any second.”
♦ Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said earlier this week that McGloin has some of the same mannerism as New England Patriots. McGloin, who jokingly compared himself with Brady this past summer, said he has watched the Patriots’ offense this season. O’Brien served as the Patriots offensive coordinator last year and brought many of the team’s offensive philosophies to Penn State.
“I definitely watch it on Sundays,” he said. “I wouldn’t compared myself to him in any way. I know you guys are wishing I said something so you can write about it. But absolutely not. You definitely see some of the plays they run and routes they run. It’s similar to the stuff we do.”
Wednesday’s conference call was typical McGloin: candid and fast-paced. McGloin play’s also has dazzled. His 162 completions and 255.4 passing yards per game leads the Big Ten. McGloin has tossed just two interceptions in 259 attempts.
His savvy has helped Penn State expand its fast-paced NASCAR offense. McGloin is helping Penn State average 37.3 points per conference game. Penn State thumped Iowa 38-14 last week.
“I think we can get a lot better, believe it or not,” he said. “Look at what happened last game. We had two fumbles, one in the end zone and one in the red zone. That’s two touchdowns. If we continue to play football without making mistakes and beating ourselves, we are going to be a very tough team to beat. We’re going to put up a lot of points.”
Don’t ask him
Sophomore tailback Bill Belton said he keeps in touch with Silas Redd, who left Penn State for Southern California.
“Silas is like a brother on mine,” Belton said.
Judging by his words, Belton isn’t plotting a move like the one Redd made last summer. Belton said the entire “Supa Six,” a group of second-year players that also includes tight end Kyle Carter, left tackle Donovan Smith, wide receiver Allen Robinson, defensive end Deion Barnes and cornerback Adrian Amos are committed to staying at Penn State.
“I can tell you that we are definitely committed to this program,” Belton said. “We believe in Coach O’Brien and the coaching staff. So that basically answers that question.”
A NCAA waiver gives Penn State players until the start of 2013 preseason practices to transfer without having to sit out a season.
He’s feeling good
Tight end Garry Gilliam said the pain in his left knee has subsided. Gilliam missed nearly years because of complications following knee surgery.
“I don’t really think about my knee anymore,” he said.
The 6-foot-6, 262-pound Gilliam has emerged as a key blocker in the ‘Y’ tight end position.