Matt McGloin to Make First NFL Start On Sunday
At this time three years ago, Matt McGloin’s lifelong dream looked like a long shot at best.
But on Sunday versus the Houston Texans, McGloin will prove his haters wrong and add another line to his impressive resume: starting NFL quarterback.
McGloin will start under center for the first time in his young career on Sunday, earning the job after Terrelle Pryor injured his knee last weekend against the New York Giants. This will not be McGloin’s first NFL action, however, as he received playing time in the Raiders’ 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. McGloin finished that game 7-for-15 with 87 yards.
McGloin’s rise to starter has been well documented. The Scranton native beat out fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson in camp, and moved to second on the depth chart after Matt Flynn was cut from the team. Rumors had been swirling around all week about McGloin’s possibly starting the game, but were confirmed early Saturday afternoon by CSN-California’s Scott Bair.
The matchup should prove interesting, as the Houston Texans will also start an undrafted quarterback. Former University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum will make his fourth start for the Texans. Penn State fans may remember Keenum from his career day against the Nittany Lions in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl, which Penn State lost 30-14. McGloin did not dress in that game due to an injury suffered a few weeks prior. This will be the first head-to-head matchup between the two.