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Cornerback Stephon Morris, who faces the offense every day in practice, said McGloin’s decision-making has improved. The senior was known the last two seasons for his penchant of making risky throws deep if a play wasn’t developing. But Morris said McGloin seems more satisfied with checking down if needed nowadays.

“The most exciting part of this offense is the quarterback has a lot of control out there,” McGloin said. “We don’t want to waste plays.”

Especially in the red zone, where the Nittany Lions have had trouble the last few years. Gilliam didn’t go into details, but said that Penn State may not be as conservative inside the 20 as in the past under former coach Joe Paterno.

“You’re going to see,” Gilliam said, “a lot more shots at the end zone.”


NOTES: The Collegiate Licensing Company and NCAA Football announced Wednesday that Penn State won the inaugural College Colors Day Spirit Cup and $10,000 toward the school’s general scholarship fund. Penn State had more than 44,800 votes in a web-based vote on from fans who “pledged their allegiance to the university,” CLC and NCAA Football said in a statement Wednesday. CLC, a division of sports and entertainment company IMG, describes itself as the oldest and largest collegiate trademark licensing agency in the country. NCAA Football USA, Inc., represents a coalition including the NCAA and the American Football Coaches Association to promote the sport. It is managed by IMG College. “College Colors Day” is Friday. … Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday. Ohio is coming off a 10-4 season.