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Bolden to start at QB for PSU, but many questions still remain
September 2, 2011 - Cory Giger
Two media outlets are reporting that Rob Bolden will start at quarterback for Penn State on Saturday against Indiana State, no surprise since most figured Bolden would get the call.
Lions247.com broke the news late last night, and FightOnState.com also had confirmation on it earlier today.
The big issue is not Bolden starting, but how the coaches will split the playing time and opportunities between him and Matt McGloin.
Will Bolden play the first and third quarters and McGloin the second and fourth? Or will each play 2-3 series apiece and then switch throughout the game?
Will both get to throw an equal number of passes and get the same opportunities to go downfield? Or will McGloin be coming in during mopup duty after the game is already a blowout and be limited in the number of passes he can throw because Joe Paterno won't want to run up the score?
Most importantly, is the decision to start Bolden an indication that he will start next week against Alabama? Or is this still an open competition and whoever performs better Saturday will get the start against the Crimson Tide?
There are no answers to any of these questions just yet.
Paterno said Thursday night that Bolden and McGloin will play about the same amount. But that's an ambiguous statement because when each one plays, the situation in the game and how many chances each gets to showcase his skills are all far more important than evenly splitting up the reps.