Matt McGloin isn't going to be drafted by an NFL team.

He's not going to make any All-America teams.

He probably won't even get any All-Big Ten recognition.

But the much-maligned McGloin has become something that many folks never thought possible -- a competent quarterback for a major college football team.

That's pretty amazing, considering that McGloin started his career at Penn State as a unheralded walk-on from West Scranton High School.

McGloin's numbers for the 2012 Nittany Lions aren't overwhelming -- he's eighth in the Big Ten and 57th in the nation in passing efficiency at 136.6. But that's a marked improvement over his previous two years (118.3 and 128.5).

More importantly, he's increased his all-important touchdown-to-interception ratio to 10-2, compared with 22-14 in his first two years on the field. He's also increased his completion percentage to nearly 60 percent, from the pedestrian 54-55-percent range in 2010 and 2011.

He's done all that while surrounded by skill-position players with practically zero combined experience entering the season.

Much of the credit for McGloin's success has to go to new head coach Bill O'Brien. The PSU boss has played to McGloin's strengths, his smarts, leadership and confidence, while avoiding his weaknesses, his lack of size, athleticism and arm strength.

O'Brien has also done an excellent job of getting McGloin to control his well-known penchant for ill-advised throws. He's turned a one-time gunslinger into successful game manager.

It also doesn't hurt that O'Brien brought a sophisticated, NFL-style passing offense to Happy Valley, compared to the conservative attack that was featured under the former PSU regime.

That's not to say that McGloin is a Heisman candidate. He's never going to put up circus numbers like West Virginia's Geno Smith.

But McGloin, as a senior, is no longer a liability that Penn State must overcome. In fact, he's now an asset who helps the Nittany Lions win games.

Many members of Nittany Nation never thought that was possible.

Even more amazing, McGloin will likely leave Happy Valley ranked in the top 10 in most of Penn State's career passing statistics. He's already seventh in career touchdown passes at 32, and with a decent second half, could pass all-time leader Daryll Clark, who had 43 TD passes.

That's not bad for a much-maligned, athletically-challenged former walk-on.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.