Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mcgloin Unfazed by Long Odds Penn State Pro Day

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mcgloin Unfazed by Long Odds Penn State Pro Day

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin said the numbers and measurements captured at a pro day Monday at Penn State weren't going to make or break his chances at a professional career. As if his point hadn't been made enough, he said he wouldn't even pay attention to them.

"It really doesn't matter, good or bad," he said. "It only takes one team to fall in love with you."

It was what one would expect from McGloin. Always somewhat anti- establishment, always describing how he had to attack the odds at Penn State, he's now attempting to maximize that football career and make it to the NFL.

Whether he wanted to acknowledge it or not, Penn State's pro day was a big deal. Scouts clad in their NFL team colors watched players such as McGloin, Jordan Hill, Sean Stanley, Gerald Hodges and Matt Stankiewitch so they could time and measure them and then report the data back to their bosses. Very important eyes were staring at the former Nittany Lions for the first time since November.

McGloin has worked for this since then. A few days before Penn State's final game against Wisconsin, he explained to his family his life was about to get really busy.

Soon, they were meeting with agents. A few weeks later, he moved to Los Angeles to work out, waking up every morning at 7 to lift and throw and master the nuances necessary to succeed at the drills NFL teams recommend.

McGloin wanted to get faster and better at throwing the ball. For the second part, he increased his arm strength by exercising his shoulders, core and legs, and said he has felt markedly stronger. On Monday, he said he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds and felt comfortable throwing. Former Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye, who graduated a year ago, came back to catch McGloin's passes.

Of the feedback he received as he prepared for his NFL opportunity, McGloin was mum. According to his father, Paul McGloin, agents have said the strong play of shorter NFL quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson and Bruce Gradkowski would help McGloin, who is about 6 feet 1. …

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