Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O

Bill O'Brien-Penn State Quarterback Race "Very Even"

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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  • Willie Green

    The starter against Syracuse doesn’t matter.
    Neither has McGloin’s experience, so the backup will have to lose his virginity before facing Michigan & Ohio State back-to-back. This means the backup either shares play time with the starter or gets significant mop-up time. Without any game experience, the backup would be just as ineffective as Bench was in the few appearances he made last year.

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  • aluf

    Since nobody is correct all the time I think we as fans should make our own analysis and give our own opinion. With all the coaches experience and inside information they sometimes get it very wrong. One good year as a head coach does not a legend make .

    • Tim Tolley