COLLEGE FOOTBALL: #44 PENN STATE
June 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Lions have a terrific tailback in Silas Redd. The question is, what else have they got? Redd parlayed his breakaway speed and shifty, spinning style into a big sophomore season, ranking fourth in the Big Ten with 1,241 yards. He slowed down a bit in November after a collarbone injury against Nebraska, but he was fine in the spring and should be a major factor come September. Indeed, he’ll have little choice, because the team doesn’t have much depth at tailback and has concerns elsewhere.
After he was named coach, Bill O’Brien didn’t watch film of the three main candidates for the starting quarterback job in order to avoid developing any preconceptions. Senior Matt McGloin doesn’t have Rob Bolden’s arm, but he did complete 54 percent of his throws last year, while Bolden completed 39 percent as a sophomore. Even worse was Bolden’s touchdown-to-interception ratio: 2-to-7. Sophomore Paul Jones was academically ineligible last season and has some catching up to do. McGloin was named the starter in early June, but Jones or Bolden could see playing time this season.