UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State has a starting quarterback -- and the season hasn't even started yet.
Head coach Bill O'Brien informed team members on campus for the summer this morning that senior Matt McGloin would be the starting quarterback entering the 2012 season.
O'Brien, who addressed reporters later in the day at a charity golf tournament, said McGloin had been the most consistent quarterback this Spring running his new offense. He also believes it was very important to make a decision prior to training camp.
"(McGloin) was the most consistent guy throughout the spring," said O'Brien, according to Tony Mancuso of Penn State's sports information department. "He has good command of the offense at this point. He's a tough kid. He's a competitive kid. He's shown good leadership qualities. I just felt like he is the No. 1 quarterback."
O'Brien said sophomore Paul Jones is the No. 2 quarterback; while former part-time starter Rob Bolden is on campus and has been working out with the team.
"It's definitely beneficial for me," McGloin said of the decision. "All of my focus over the next three months can be on the playbook, working on my mechanics, strength and conditioning and throwing with the guys. It feels great, but I also understand that I need to work harder than ever in getting ready for the season."
O'Brien added that defensive back Curtis Drake is no longer with the team.