Imagine being the starting quarterback of a prestigious program such as Ohio State, and preparing to face another renowned team in Penn State on the road.
You would at least know who the opposing quarterback was, right?
Back in 2010, Terrelle Pryor had no idea who Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin was.
“Never heard of him,” Pryor said at the time. “Heard a lot about [Rob] Bolden, though.” (Bolden was another quarterback at Penn State but wound up transferring to LSU).
Ironically, with the Oakland Raiders signing McGloin to a three-year deal on Wednesday, those two are now teammates and will compete with each other on the depth chart.
McGloin completed 270 passes for 3,271 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions during his senior year, and was at the helm during the Jerry Sandusky scandal that resulted in Joe Paterno’s firing.
Meanwhile, Pryor warmed the bench for much of last season before getting a start in the final game, somewhat displaying his potential.
Neither Pryor nor McGloin may wind up starting for the Silver and Black — Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson are the other two candidates — but it can be guaranteed that they will at least learn each other’s names.
McGloin: Hi Terrelle, I’m Matt.
Pryor: Oh, great. Another quarterback? Where did you go to college?