Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
The senior quarterback picks up his first conference award of the season after his record-breaking performance against Indiana.
There's no doubt that Matt McGloin is the Big Ten's most improved player this year as his performance under center has exponentially gotten better under the tutelage of Bill O'Brien and Charlie Fisher. He might even be the conference's best offensive player for the entire season. Whatever the case may be, his senior year turnaround was honored today as he captured the first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, sharing the honor with Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner.
McGloin threw for 395 yards and four touchdowns in this weekend's 45-22 rout of Indiana. That yardage total was only four yards short of the single-game record set by Zach Mills in an overtime effort against Iowa in 2002. Other records were broken, though, as he eclipsed Darryl Clark's single-season passing yardage and career touchdown marks. He also broke the mark for most 200-yard passing games in a career and single season and single-season completions record on Saturday.
Gardner accounting for six touchdowns in Michigan's blowout win over Iowa on Saturday.
It would have been hard to think after that 2010 Outback Bowl disaster, but statistically, Matt McGloin will go down as the greatest quarterback to lace up his cleats in Penn State history.
Other Weekly Award Winners:
Defense: John Simon, Ohio State
Special Teams: Corey Brown, Ohio State