Penn State’s undrafted free agents can learn from Matt McGloin, Mike Hull, title total nation’s best, and more
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Undrafted, but unbowed
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times tracked down Penn State products Matt McGloin and Mike Hull, both of whom made NFL rosters in recent years as undrafted rookie free agents, to get some idea of what faces the former Lions seeking to follow that route this year.
PSU announced Tuesday that defensive end Garrett Sickels (Indianapolis Colts), linebacker Brandon Bell (Cincinnati Bengals), defensive end Evan Schwan (New York Giants) and safety Malik Golden (San Francisco 49ers) had signed free-agent deals.
Long snapper Tyler Yazujian announced on Twitter one day earlier that he had latched on with the Detroit Lions.
McGloin, a quarterback, stuck with the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and spent four years with the team before signing recently with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hull, a linebacker, made the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and is preparing for his third season.
McGloin, who made PSU’s team as a walk-on, was no less upbeat about his NFL prospects, he told McGonigal:
“My mindset was that I was going to make it. I deserved to make it. I was going to. That’s what it comes down to.”
He has started seven games in his NFL career, six as a rookie and one last year. While his teams have gone 1-6 in those games, he has shown that he belongs in the league.
Same for Hull. He stuck as a rookie because of his special-teams prowess and also appeared on defense in 13 games last year. As he put it:
“It’s definitely been satisfying, sticking it to everyone who thought I couldn’t make it. I’m still not happy where I’m at; I want to keep improving. It’s always going to be a battle from here on out, but you learn to embrace it — especially when you’re undrafted.”
Penn State has won 19 national championships in the last 10 years, according to a report by Tim Owen of Blue-White Illustrated, equaling Oregon, Southern California and Stanford for the nation’s highest total.
Six of those titles have come in wrestling (in the last seven years). The women’s volleyball team also has captured six in the last decade, including four straight from 2007-10.
The fencing team has won four titles (2007, ’09, ’10 and ’14), while men’s gymnastics (’07), men’s volleyball (’07) and women’s soccer (’15) have one each.
The Lions have won 77 national championships in school history, according to Owen, 49 of which are recognized by the NCAA.
Men’s volleyball falls
Stijn van Tilburg had 20 kills as Hawaii rallied to beat No. 5 Penn State in five sets in an NCAA Tournament first-round match Tuesday in Columbus.
The set scores were 23-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-14 and 15-4.
Calvin Mende had 18 kills to top PSU (27-11), which won two of the first three sets.
The Rainbow Warriors (27-5) evened the match with their victory in the fourth set, then jumped to a 6-1 lead in the fifth. The Lions cut the gap to 7-4, but never scored again.
Hawaii meets host Ohio State in Thursday’s national semifinals.