After a fantastic senior season to conclude a wild career, the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top college football who began his career as a walk-on, officially belongs to Matt McGloin.
Penn State’s senior quarterback was one of fifty players originally nominated for the award. A few days later, ten semifinalists were named before it was reduced to three finalists. McGloin was the last man standing after beating out San Jose State offensive tackle David Quessenberry and Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs.
After constantly being scrutinized early in his career, McGloin produced an exceptional season under first-year head coach Bill O’Brien and first year quarterback coach Charlie Fisher. He completed a career-high 60.5% of his passes while leading the Big Ten in passing yards (3266) and passing touchdowns (24). He also ran for 5 touchdowns and only threw 5 interceptions all year.
Some Nittany Lion fans will always have mixed feelings about Matt McGloin, but it is very tough to imagine the last few seasons without the fiery senior-signal caller.
A picture of McGloin accepting the award in the Arkansas this afternoon can be found below via @SID_Greg.