Deciding to walk on to a football team worked for Matt McGloin once before.
The former Penn State quarterback who joined the Nittany Lions without a scholarship in 2008 will now try to earn a spot with the NFL’s Washington Redskins. McGloin confirmed the news on his Twitter account and his agent, Mark Magazu confirmed McGloin’s intentions with a press release.
In the statement, Magazu said McGloin was invited to minicamps by eight teams and offered one free agent contract following last week’s NFL Draft.
“For this weekend’s mini camp, he’s chosen the Redskins because he admires the organization and the way they develop quarterbacks in that system,” Magazu said in the release.
McGloin, who was known for his fiery on-field demeanor and his willingness to speak his mind during his Penn State career, said he is fully focused on trying to earn a spot with the Redskins.
“For the next few days, I’m a Washington Redskin,” McGloin said in his agent’s release. “And right now my mission is to prove that I can contribute and hopefully be a Redskin next week, then next month, and fight to earn a spot on the team for the season. This is what I’ve fought my entire life to earn, and I’m going to make the most of it.”
McGloin eventually rose to become Penn State’s first starting quarterback under new head coach Bill O’Brien. After being named the starter last summer, his first and only year under O’Brien proved to be McGloin’s most productive. He helped lead an explosive offense to an 8-4 record and completed 270 of 446 passing attempts for 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns, all career highs. A gunslinger early in his career, McGloin threw just five interceptions as a senior compared to 14 in the two seasons before last.
His exploits were good enough to earn him the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the best player in the nation who began his career as a walk-on.
“Matt is entirely focused on his opportunity with the Redskins, and we’ll cross next week’s bridge when we get there — and only if we have to,” Magazu said. “Matt really wants to become a Redskin and it’s his total mission and focus right now.”
The Redskins are coming off a 10-6 season in which they made the playoffs in rookie star Robert Griffin III’s first year at the helm of Mike Shanahan’s offense. But Griffin was lost to a knee injury in a Wild Card playoff game against Seattle.
Behind Griffin is former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins, who also completed his rookie season last winter. Washington also has veteran Rex Grossman and former West Virginia dual-threat quarterback Pat White on its roster.