Penn State Football: Matt McGloin Wins Starting QB Job

STATE COLLEGE PA - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during a time out during a game against the Michigan State Spartans on November 27 2010 at Beaver Stadium in State College Pennsylvania. The Spartans won 28-22. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Matt McGloin beat out Paul Jones and Rob Bolden for Penn State's starting quarterback position, coach Bill O'Brien said Friday.

Penn State football head coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that senior Matt McGloin has been named the team's starting quarterback after a spring of competition.

Sophomore Paul Jones will be McGloin's primary backup and junior Rob Bolden, who's started more games for Penn State over the past two seasons than anybody else, was named third-string. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bolden could transfer after losing the quarterback competition to not one, but two, others.

O'Brien also announced that Curtis Drake, who was involved in a publicized altercation with McGloin prior to the team's bowl game last season, has been dismissed from the team. Drake told the Inquirer his dismissal came because he did not perform well enough academically during the spring semester to qualify for the 2012 season.

Oddly enough after his scuffle with McGloin, Drake still feels the senior gives Penn State its best chance to win.

As for McGloin's becoming the Lions' starting quarterback, Drake said he "definitely liked the move."

"Even with the little altercation we had, as long as I've been here, I've felt Matt was definitely the most ready and gave our team the best chance to succeed," he said. "I always felt like Matt should be the starter."

For more Penn State sports coverage, visit the SB Nation blog Black Shoe Diaries.

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