Here’s a prediction. When Penn State plays Temple next week, the Nittany Lions will be using a dual-quarterback offense once again.
Don’t expect too many answers this week when Penn State hosts Alabama. Just as you can not judge the individual performances too much against a middle of the pack FCS program like Indiana State, it will be difficult to truly assess the quarterbacks this week against Alabama, one of the toughest defenses they will face all season. I sincerely feel both quarterbacks played pretty evenly in week one.
Here’s a look at the final stats for each quarterback…
6-12-0, 37 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 sacks
6-8-0, 77 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 sack
Sure, McGloin had the higher completion percentage, but Bolden threw two passes that should have been caught by Derek Moye and Justin Brown. Who knows how things may have changed. What we do know is that once again the offense moved the football with more consistency with McGloin under center than Bolden. McGloin had three red-zone possessions and converted on all three, although the running game is what took control of the offense no matter who was playing quarterback.
Against Alabama we may not learn a whole lot, because they will be expected to abuse the weak Penn State pass protection that was on display against Indiana State. There were times when Bolden and McGloin did not have too much time to think, which forced Bolden to run and take a harder hit than Jay Paterno would have liked and forced McGloin to try and get rid of the ball to avoid a sack. He gets a point for that but loses two for throwing the ball right to a defensive lineman who fortunately could not hang on to the football.
We’ll see if either of these guys is ready to take control of the offense this week. But I expect two quarterbacks to be playing against Temple in week three.