Former Penn State quarterback, and now Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback, Matt McGloin, joined Andrew Porter on TSP Radio Tuesday night. McGloin, who is from Scranton, PA, is getting ready to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Oakland on Sunday.
“It definitely is more meaningful being from Pennsylvania and being able to play Pittsburgh last weekend and Philadelphia this weekend,” McGloin said. “It does mean a lot of more. It makes you think a lot more about where you came from and everything like that, so it’s going to be exciting to see a big field and go head to head with them, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
McGloin spoke highly about his former teammate, junior wide receiver Allen Robinson, who has 55 catches (T-19th in FBS) for 878 yards (9th in FBS) and 6 touchdowns in seven games this year, saying he believes Robinson will declare for the NFL draft after this season.
“I think so, and I mean I’m sure a lot of people will agree with me when I say this, that I think this is his last year in a Penn State uniform,” McGloin said. “I’m assuming he will declare for the [NFL] draft after the season, and rightfully so. He’s got the ability, he’s got the work ethic. I’ve been around him for a few years and I still keep in touch with him, so I know the type of person he is and seeing how the guys play at this level, and how they practice, and their talent. In terms of them, he’s right up there with some of those guys that we have right now. He’s got the whole package in there. So, as long as he keeps focus, I think he’s got a bright future.”
Last Saturday night, McGloin’s Alma Mater got shellacked by Ohio State 63-14 in Columbus. Penn State true freshman quarterback sensation, Christian Hackenberg, struggled mightily, completing on 12 of 23 passes, while throwing two interceptions. As a former Penn State quarterback, McGloin knows what it’s like to go to the ‘Horseshoe’ and play in that hostile environment.
“That’s a tough place to play and their fans really aren’t respectful,” McGloin said. “They don’t show respect to any opponent in there, which isn’t a good thing. You can’t compare it to Beaver Stadium, our fans are respectful towards other teams and players, things like that. When you step into Ohio State, it’s just the complete opposite. They throw things at you, and spit on you, things like that, when you head into the locker room. It really isn’t that good of a place to play. And like you said, he’s [Hackenberg] a freshman and it’s tough—and he’s going to learn from it and he’s definitely going to be a better player because of it.”