Matt McGloin

Matt McGloin

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McGloin in 2015
No. 14Oakland Raiders
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989
Place of birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: West Scranton (PA)
College: Penn State
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Burlsworth Trophy (2012)
  • Penn State Single Season Completion Leader (270)
  • Honorable Mention All Big Ten (2012)[1]
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Pass attempts: 262
Pass completions: 153
Percentage: 58.2
TDINT: 11–11
Passing yards: 1,818
Passer rating: 76.2
Player stats at

Matthew James McGloin (born December 2, 1989), is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was a starting quarterback for Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2010 to 2012. He is the first walk-on quarterback to start at Penn State since scholarships were reinstated in 1949. Prior to his college career, McGloin was a Pennsylvania all-state quarterback while attending West Scranton High School.

Early years

McGloin was a three sport (football, basketball and baseball) stand-out at West Scranton High School earning ten varsity letters. He was a three-year starter at West Scranton, throwing for 5,485 career yards with 58 touchdowns. As the starting quarterback, McGloin led his team to two PIAA Class AAA district titles and a league title. He was named the 2007-08 Athlete of the Year by the Scranton Times-Tribune, who also named him as their Athlete of the Week three times. He was also a four-year starter and scored 1,300 career points for the school's basketball team and also served as the team captain. He garnered many league and tournament all-star and MVP awards. McGloin was three-year starter on the varsity baseball team as an infielder and pitcher. During his senior year, he was named all - region as a two way player. He hit over .400 and led his team in many offensive categories as well as registering a 7-0 record on the mound. In his senior season, he led his high school baseball team to its first conference championship in 16 years. He played on the prestigious Mid Atlantic Prospects summer travel baseball team (Philadelphia, PA).

College career

2009 season

McGloin joined the Nittany Lions football team in 2009 as a walk-on. He was a backup in 2009, playing against Syracuse, Eastern Illinois, Michigan, and Michigan State. In the Blue-White game, McGloin was a combined 9-of-13 for 111 yards and threw two touchdown passes, one for each team. After playing behind Daryll Clark and Kevin Newsome in 2009, he ended up third on the depth chart in early 2010 behind Rob Bolden, a true freshman from Detroit.

2010 season

McGloin was in a three-quarterback competition for the starting job in 2010 with Newsome and Bolden. Bolden won the starting job for the season-opener against Youngstown State, Newsome played in the 4th quarter and scored a touchdown, and McGloin played one play, where he handed off to third string tailback Curtis Dukes. On October 23, 2010, McGloin entered the Nittany Lions game against Minnesota as the team's second-string quarterback after Kevin Newsome was sidelined with a stomach flu. Bolden had left the game with a concussion. McGloin then entered the game and threw two touchdowns in relief of Bolden, providing Penn State with its first Big Ten victory after losses to Illinois and Iowa.[2]

On October 30, McGloin made his first start at quarterback. During the game he threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in a 41-31 win over Michigan. However, a week later against Northwestern, Bolden was once again named the team's starting quarterback. Bolden, however, was pulled from the game by Penn State coach, Joe Paterno, after he was sacked twice and lost a fumble on one of the plays. McGloin entered the game and rallied the Nittany Lions from a 21-point deficit to a 35-21 victory. McGloin threw 4 touchdown passes in the game. The victory was also the 400th of Paterno's career.[3]

On November 10, Paterno officially named McGloin the team's starter.[4]

McGloin scored the first passing touchdowns in Ohio Stadium by a Penn State quarterback since 1963 and put them up 14-3 at halftime.

2011 season

Matt McGloin went 14-29 in the blue and white game and split time at the Quarterback time with Rob Bolden the rest of the season. He led Penn State to a game winning drive over in-state rival Temple

2012 season

The arrival of new head coach Bill O'Brien paid huge dividends for McGloin. During the 2012 season, McGloin experienced much statistical success for a team going through turmoil. On November 17, 2012, he surpassed Daryll Clark's record for most career touchdown passes in Penn State history with 45,[5] Clark's single-season passing yard record of 3003,[6] and the record for most completions in a season.[7] It was announced on November 27, 2012 that McGloin had earned Honorable Mention All Big Ten honors. On December 3, 2012, McGloin was announced as the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy winner, given by the Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas to the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.[1]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2009 Penn State 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 Penn State 118 215 54.9 1548 7.2 14 9 128.5 13 6 0.5 2
2011 Penn State 125 231 54.1 1571 6.8 8 5 118.3 24 -12 -0.5 0
2012 Penn State 270 446 60.5 3271 7.3 24 5 137.7 59 -51 -0.9 5
Career 513 894 57.4 6390 7.1 46 19 130.2 96 -57 -0.6 7


Legacy at Penn State

McGloin was honored on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Rep. Marty Flynn in 2013.[9] Flynn cited McGloin's "daily demonstration of grit and tenacity."[9] The Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University named its baseball field after McGloin.[10]

Professional career

McGloin was not drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, but he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oakland Raiders after a visit, May 15, 2013.[11]

McGloin made the team and began the season 3rd on the depth chart, behind starter Terrelle Pryor and backup Matt Flynn.[12] After Flynn's disappointing Week 4 showing (starting for an injured Pryor) against the Washington Redskins, McGloin was promoted past Flynn to be Pryor's backup.[13][14]

McGloin made his first NFL appearance during the fourth quarter of the November 3, 2013 game between the Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles.[15]

McGloin debuted as the Raiders' starting quarterback on November 17, 2013; along with Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel, he was one of two undrafted rookies to start a game in the 2013 season, a historically rare occurrence. In the November 17 game, McGloin threw for three touchdown passes and led the Raiders to a 28-23 victory over the Houston Texans. McGloin made his second start for the Raiders on November 24, 2013. McGloin got the team into lead in the last minutes of the game, but the defense surrendered a touchdown in the last 10 seconds of the game to give the Raiders a (23-19) loss against the Tennessee Titans. McGloin's third start was the Thanksgiving contest against the Dallas Cowboys; McGloin's Raiders lost the contest (31-24), but he earned praise for his play and an honorable mention for Phil Simms's "All-Iron Award" for the most valuable player.

For the 2014 season, McGloin began the season behind starter rookie quarterback Derek Carr and backup Matt Schaub. The next season, he remained the back-up quarterback but was promoted to second-string after Schaub was released during the offseason.


Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2013 OAK 7 6 118 211 55.9 1,547 7.3 8 8 76.1 11 27 2.5 0
2014 OAK 1 0 12 19 63.2 129 6.8 1 2 61.0 2 3 1.5 0
2015 OAK 2 0 23 32 71.9 142 4.4 2 1 88.3 0 0 0 0
Career 10 6 153 263 58.2 1,818 6.9 11 11 75.9 13 30 2.3 0



McGloin is the youngest of three children to Paul and Catherine McGloin. He has two older brothers: Paul and John. Paul is a baseball coach and teacher. He served as Matt's high school baseball coach. John is an architect.[17][18]

McGloin completed his degree in broadcast journalism in May 2012, prior to his senior season at Penn State. He now resides in Dublin, California with his fiancé and Pittsburgh native, Bailey Amos and his pup Rudy.[19]


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  3. Musselman, Ron (November 7, 2010). "Paterno earns 400th win as Penn State tops Northwestern". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  4. Musselman, Ron (November 10, 2010). "Paterno picks McGloin to take on Ohio State". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
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  13. Bair, Scott (October 2, 2013). "Allen: Pryor to start on Sunday". CSN Bay Area.
  14. Vic Tafur. "Flynn now third-string; Pryor "symptom-free"".
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