Reunited: Matt McGloin and Derek Moye at Pro Day
Before Allen Robinson teamed up with Matt McGloin to break Penn State records, there was Derek Moye.
Between the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the former Nittany Lion receiver accounted for nearly 25 percent of McGloin’s completions, over 30 percent of his passing yards, and 10 of his 22 touchdown passes through the air.
Yesterday, Moye was back in State College to help his friend and former quarterback at Pro Day.
“Derek did me a huge favor, coming back and performing,” said McGloin. With no wide receivers or tight ends auditioning for the NFL draft, the signal-caller reached out to his former teammate. “Without hesitation, he said absolutely. I’ve been working with him for two weeks now. It felt great.”
McGloin returns after training in California where he worked on “stability workouts” to improve mobility and technique. The rigorous Monday-Saturday regimen that began at 6 a.m. and lasted past 4 p.m. benefitted McGloin in preparation for the big day.
“I thought I threw well. My footwork was good, and my body felt good,” said McGloin who measured in at 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds.
Despite being undersized for a prototypical quarterback, McGloin is determined to carve out an NFL career by way of a late round draft selection or hooking on with a team in training camp as an undrafted free agent.
“It only takes one team to fall in love with you,” McGloin said.
While the focus was on the former walk-on turned potential NFL prospect, the reunion also served as another chance for Moye to audition before the eyes of NFL scouts.
Moye’s first season in the NFL indicates what McGloin could face. After going undrafted, Moye went from Miami to New Orleans before landing on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad.
McGloin will remain in Happy Valley, training with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald leading up to the draft beginning on April 25. Already in the NFL, Moye’s attention will turn towards Steelers mini-camp and remaining on the roster for the 2013 season.
Before heading their separate ways, the duo that brought the Beaver Stadium faithful to their feet several times after connecting on many deep balls was together on the field once again.