On Tuesday Penn State head coach Joe Paterno will partake in his weekly chore of answering media questions during separate press conferences for Penn State football reporters and for Big Ten reporters and national media. The number one question likely to be asked will be about his starting quarterback decision.
We do not yet know which way this will go, but with the depth chart expected to be released Monday evening, we could know more than we do right now. Or not.
Last season Penn State’s first depth chart of the season listed three different players as number one, designating Rob Bolden as 1A, Kevin Newsome as 1B and Matt McGloin as 1C. With the quarterback race supposedly close during spring and summer, do not be surprised to see a 1A and 1B on the first official depth chart of the 2011 season as Penn State prepares for Saturday’s contest with Indiana State.
One Internet rumor suggesting the starting job had been awarded to McGloin was shut down last week, so the speculation is that the job is still up for grabs. The notion that week one could be used for an on-field assessment is not out of the question either. Penn State would be expected to play as many players as possible on Saturday against a mid-level FCS opponent anyway, and if McGloin or Bolden can put together a performance that is clearly impressive over the other, then expect that player to be named the starting quarterback for week two, when Alabama rolls (tide) in to State College.
With Stephfon Green back on the roster it will be interesting to see exactly where he fits in to the picture as well. Silas Redd is expected to be the starting tailback for Penn State, and the question will be how quickly can Green move back up the depth chart. After having some personal issues seemingly to take care of, it would be expected he will be listed toward the bottom of the depth chart, but hard work and a solid performance on Saturday should see him make his way back in to a significant role on offense in short time, especially with Alabama due up next week.
The only other area to pay close attention to will be the linebacker position. Will Michael Mauti be anchoring the middle or move back to the weak side, where he played last season? Glenn Carson has been reported to be moving up the depth chart and playing in the middle, and Mauti has applauded the progress and move. Will the sophomore be playing a leading role on the defense? And where will Khairi Fortt fit in the rotation?
We will know more in the next 24 hours.
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