By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 8:38 am in Oakland Raiders.
What they’re saying about Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin going into his first start Sunday against the Houston Texans:
Bill O’Brien, Penn State coach: What can you say about Matt McGloin? Having been in that league, I know that it takes a smart guy. It takes a competitive guy. It takes a guy that does the same things every day. He works at it. He’s in the office early, and he leaves the office late, and that’s what Matt is. Everything Matt gets, he deserves, because he works hard for it. It will be fun to watch.
Penn State offensive lineman Eric Shrive: It’s great. I think he’s going to take this opportunity and run with it. I think it’s well-deserved. Very well-deserved. He has worked real hard, and I won’t be surprised if he goes out and throws for 300 tomorrow.
It’s pretty unique. I don’t know if it has ever been done before, at least here at Penn State, that (Stefen) Wisniewski is going to be the center and he’s going to play quarterback. I think that’s pretty neat.
Penn State linebacker Mike Hull: I’ve been on teams with Matt for three years, and I know what type of person he is and what type of leader he is. He seems he just has that gritty type of attitude where he’s just going to give it everything he has. Whenever he’s presented with an opportunity, he makes the most of it. So, I’m not surprised by this.
Penn State center Ty Howle: He’s a blue collar kid who was a great leader for us last year. It’s great to see him doing well and getting ready to really make his mark. I’m excited for him. He’s a great guy. He was a moxie kid. And he can play.
NFL Network reporter: Mike Silver: Owner Mark Davis loves Terrelle Pryor, the last draft pick of his late father Al. Others in the organization aren’t so convinced that Pryor is the long-term answer. Enter Matt McGloin, who impressed them in training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent. He was described to me by one Raiders source as a poor man’s Jeff Garcia. Chances are they will draft somebody next year; however, it’s all about McGloin in a tough test.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport: I reached out to a Raiders source last night to ask does he actually have the chance to win Terrelle Pryor’s job, and what I was told was today is going to be a good barometer for him. They really love McGloin; I know Greg Olson, their offensive coordinator, does. Talking to Raiders people, he’s tough, he’s smart and when I asked Bill O’Brien – his college coach – last night what to expect, he said competitiveness and a guy who gets us in the right plays.”
_ Penn State quotes courtesy of Donnie Collins, Scranton Times-Tribune