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April 21, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin (11) looks to pass in the second quarter during the spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Matt McGloin compares himself to Tom Brady

Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin decided to stick with the team, and he is a great leader. The .500 QB (5-5) is the new starter in Happy Valley, and he recently compared himself to New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady. It isn’t a big deal or something to overreact about, but it’s interesting. And besides, I like McGloin. He plays with a lot of heart and determination, especially in the aftermath of the sanctions at PSU.

Anyway, here’s the quote from the Philadelphia Daily News:

“I’m definitely excited,” said McGloin, who’s completed 54 percent of his career passes, with 22 TDs and 14 interceptions.  “I don’t think we’re too far apart, Tom Brady and myself. But sure, we’ve watched him a lot over the spring and summer. I mean, who better to try and learn from than him? Hopefully, we’ll have some type of success like they did. But you can’t expect to go out and be the same as the New England Patriots.

Well, to be fair, Penn State’s head coach is Bill O’Brien who did coach up Tom Brady as the offensive coordinator for the team and is a guy Brady respects. McGloin took a step back as a junior after tossing 14 touchdowns passes with nine picks and an average of 7.2 yards per attempt as a sophomore in 2010. Last year, his completion percentage fell a little bit from 54.9% to 54.1%, and he finished with a passer rating that was about ten points less.

Hopefully O’Brien can help him get better, and the first-year coach has given McGloin a vote of confidence due to his intelligence and development as a player. He should take a big step as a senior, and it’s interesting that he chose to compare himself to Tom Brady. He isn’t exactly one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten, but he is a good leader and could make strides.

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