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Jay Paterno
Jay  Paterno

Asst. Coach, Quarterbacks


Penn State vs. Wisconsin

Penn State vs. Wisconsin


Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)

Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)


Jay Paterno

Jay Paterno is in his 17th year on the staff and 12th coaching the quarterbacks. He has been instrumental in the development of Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin, both of whom have delivered school record-setting performances. Paterno was influential in the development of two-time first-team All-Big Ten signal-caller Daryll Clark. Co-winner of the 2009 Big Ten Silver Football (MVP), Clark was 22-4 as a starter, breaking Penn State records for season (24) and career (43) touchdown passes, season passing yardage (3,003) and season total offense (3,214), among others. Under Paterno's guidance, Clark gave Penn State a 2,000-yard passer for the fifth straight year. Paterno was instrumental in the development of record-setting quarterbacks Anthony Morelli and Michael Robinson, the 2005 Big Ten MVP. Robinson broke Kerry Collins' Penn State season total offense mark en route to finishing fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Paterno also coached Zack Mills, who owned or shared 18 school passing and total offense records, including the game passing (399 yards) and total offense (418 yards) marks. From 1995-99, Paterno worked with the tight ends and was recruiting coordinator, an area where he remains very active. He helped develop All-Big Ten tight end Tony Stewart, who played nine NFL seasons. A 1990 Penn State graduate, Paterno was a reserve quarterback on his father's squad. He lettered as a senior in 1989 and was a member of the 1986 National Championship team. He was a graduate assistant coach at Virginia for three years and wide receivers and tight ends coach at Connecticut for two. Paterno was the quarterbacks coach at James Madison in 1994, helping the Dukes to the second round of the Division I-AA playoffs.


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