The odds of quarterback Matt McGloin starting an NFL game were astronomical a few years ago when he was just a walk-on at Penn State.
Those odds were better by this offseason, after a very good college career, but he was still the Raiders' fourth quarterback behind Matt Flynn, a veteran the team traded for, exciting prospect Terrelle Pryor and fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson. If McGloin was ever going to start an NFL game, it seemed very unlikely that he would get that chance in 2013.
But it will happen on Sunday at Houston. Flynn and Wilson flamed out, and Pryor's knee is injured and he was officially ruled out on Saturday. That leaves McGloin, who became a Penn State favorite after he was vocal about staying and leading the program through the NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
McGloin worked his way up the ladder at Penn State to become its starter, and has done the same in Oakland, if just for one week.
The story is great, but the assignment is very tough.
McGloin's NFL experience to this point is a 7-of-15. 87-yard outing against Philadelphia two weeks ago. He'll be going against a Houston defense that allows the fewest yards per game in the NFL.
This is a challenging spot for McGloin, but he has already made a career out of proving people wrong.
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