Bill O’Brien met with the media on a conference call Thursday morning, and while he addressed things other than the quarterback derby between Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg, you will forgive me for skipping right to the primary focus of camp.
In the words of O’Brien, the competition is “very even” at this point in camp. However, that doesn’t mean his timeline for naming a starter versus Syracuse has changed from the midpoint of camp, telling the media that very close to naming a stater for the season opener in 15 days, although he also said both will play this season. If you’re into analyzing word choice, you probably noticed that last Thursday at media day, Ferguson held a slight lead, but to take O’Brien at face value, Hackenberg has closed that gap.
I am still expecting Hackenberg to start based on rumblings from camp, and a developing feeling that as long as he isn’t totally overwhelmed, he might as well get reps. I certainly understand the angst among Penn State fans. We are just 3 years removed from the Rob Bolden true freshman experience, after all. But after Bill O’Brien and Charlie Fisher transformed Matt McGloin into perhaps the best passing QB in the Big 10 a year ago, why not trust his judgement with this as well?
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