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McGloin hopeful as draft approaches

Millions of eyes will be glued to the television screens this weekend to watch the NFL's 32 teams select their next batch of rookies.

McGloin hopes to extend his football career as a rookie free agent if not a draft pick.

Not Matt McGloin's.

The former Penn State quarterback is hopeful his name will be called sometime during the seven rounds of the draft but if it is, he'll most likely find via a phone call to him or his agent.

"I'm probably not going to watch it," he said. "I don't want to get all worked up."

This year's draft is not filled with high-profile quarterbacks but few, if any, projections have McGloin, who led the Big Ten in passing yardage and touchdown passes in 2012, being taken at all. He would have no issue with finding his way to a camp as a rookie free agent, though, and knows that some believe that going undrafted gives a player more options.

"They say if you don't go before the fourth round, you don't want to go at all," he said.

McGloin was able to adapt to Bill O'Brien's complex offense quickly, which is the primary reason he beat out Paul Jones and Rob Bolden for the job last spring. He's spent time during the last few months reviewing various schemes around the league so he's as prepared as possible if and when the time comes.

"The teams I've always thought I fit good within their offense have called me and called my agent," he said. "But you never know. Some teams you never even talked to could take you or make an offer. We'll be prepared in every way."

McGloin spent several weeks training in Hollywood, Calif., with Travelle Gaines in a program tailored toward Pro Day and combine-style drills. Like many of his fellow Penn State seniors, he's been in the Lasch weight room each morning working with Craig Fitzgerald and does drills in the afternoon. He has focused on improving his lower-body and core strength, which he feels has helped improve his arm strength.

McGloin, who graduated last spring with a degree in broadcast journalism, said he made some contacts in that field during his time in California but for the time being is keeping his gaze, as he has for the last several years, fully on football.

The Scranton native knows there are those who doubt his ability to make an NFL roster. But he's dealt with doubters his entire career, even while setting several school single-season or career passing records during the past season.

"I was waiting four years to prove to people what I could do as a senior," he said. "I knew i had it in me. I needed that opportunity. I'm ready to start all over in the NFL.

"I wasn't supposed to be able to do anything at Penn State. I'm excited about it, and ready for the journey."

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