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Bolden in line to start at QB

| Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

DALLAS -- Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin went through individual drills during Friday's practice wearing a light blue jersey to signify his spot on the first-team offense. But he was held out of team practice again, so the junior's availability for Monday's TicketCity Bowl against Houston remains unclear.

McGloin is continuing to recover from a concussion and seizure he suffered following a locker-room altercation Dec. 17 with receiver Curtis Drake. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno said sophomore Rob Bolden likely would start.

"(Starting Bolden) is what we're planning right now," he said. "If we get into an emergency, we can play (McGloin)."

The Lions used a two-quarterback system most of the season, so the players said uncertainty isn't anything new.

"Rob has looked good," junior receiver Justin Brown said. "He's really been making some strides. We've been using two quarterbacks since my sophomore year, so I think we're used to it."

Still sits

All American Devon Still missed practice after suffering turf toe earlier in the week.

The anchor of the defensive line limped around the sideline as players went through individual drills, but his injury isn't believed to be serious. A Penn State spokesman said Still should play Monday and that yesterday was the first practice he missed.

Underclassmen await answers, too

Penn State's underclassmen aren't just concerned about the school's coaching search; they're curious about their futures, too.

Linebacker Gerald Hodges and defensive tackle Jordan Hill said they submitted paperwork to the NFL for a projection of their draft status.

"I really want to come back for my senior year. I love Penn State," said Hill, a junior. "I'm just weighing my options."

Hodges, a junior who is the team's leading tackler, was not made available for comment. Linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden said he spoke with Hodges and his family after the regular season. He said Hodges has the potential to be as successful in the NFL as Penn State products Sean Lee and NaVorro Bowman but that another year of seasoning couldn't hurt.

"I think he's capable of being great -- one of the top linebackers in college football," Vanderlinden said.

Quick hits

Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard on Thursday became the first player to verbally commit to Penn State since the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal was exposed. The standout from Westville, N.J., chose Penn State over Boston College, Alabama, Iowa and North Carolina, among others. ... Four Nittany Lions will have a chance to improve their NFL Draft stock at the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. Defensive end Jack Crawford, cornerback D'Anton Lynn, defensive tackle Devon Still and guard Johnnie Troutman were invited to play in the annual all-star game.

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