McGloin competes in all-star game
Feb 03, 2013 (The Citizens' Voice - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Luckily for Matt McGloin, he already had been coached on the most difficult aspect of playing in a college football all-star game.
Practice actually matters more than the game.
A quarterback on The Nation roster dominated, but it wasn't Penn State's record-breaking senior. Tulane's Ryan Griffin threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and The Nation cruised to a 24-13 win over the Texas team in Saturday's Texas vs. The Nation game in Allen, Tex.
Despite what he called a strong week of practice and some strong interviews with scouts from NFL teams interested in his services, McGloin didn't approach Griffin's success on the field.
"I was put in a lot of tough situations today," McGloin said. "There were just some things that didn't go my way. With an all-star game, the game itself doesn't matter as much as the week of practice before it, though."
McGloin said the trip to Allen was worth it because of that week of practice.
He said scouts watched him throw to receivers, but mostly, they wanted to gauge his character, the type of person he is, how he would fit into the team dynamic their organizations have built if drafted or added as a free agent.
Judging him solely on what happened Saturday afternoon would be considered folly.
Technically speaking, there's no comparison to the level of offensive intricacy seen at Penn State on Saturdays in the fall and what happens in the Texas vs. The Nation game.
Due to the lack of time to prepare and learn an offense -- players do only have a week of practice to get familiar with each others tendencies -- McGloin said his receivers ran just three easy routes.
"That's what I had to deal with," he said. "There were a few passes, a couple of runs, and just man coverage. Let the best guy win. It's not really real football, to be honest with you."
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