Matt McGloin has endured plenty of struggles and criticism in recent years. Today, the Penn State senior quarterback deserves some recognition. He's the Big Ten Player of the Week.
McGloin has looked like a different quarterback this season under the leadership of new head coach Bill O'Brien, and he turned in his best performance Saturday in Penn State's 24-13 victory against Temple at Beaver Stadium. He completed 24 of 36 passes for a career-high 318 yards and accounted for three touchdowns (2 rush, 1 pass). His yards total ranks ninth in team history, and he tied predecessor Daryll Clark for the second most 300-yard passing games in team history with his third. McGloin spread the ball to nine receivers, a season high for him, and found top targets Allen Robinson and Kyle Carter five times each. He also matched his career total for rushing touchdowns in the game, recording his first since 2010. "I definitely think it was one of the better games of my career," he said afterward.
Although passing is down in the Big Ten this year, McGloin has surged, leading the conference in both passing yards (1,006; 251.5 ypg) and completions (83). He's also tied for the league lead in touchdown passes with nine and is the lone Big Ten quarterback to eclipse 1,000 yards through the first four games. Although McGloin needs to improve his completion percentage going forward, he took a nice step against Temple and continues to limit mistakes (just two interceptions in 140 pass attempts).