Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is continuing his coaching genius in the offseason by zoning in on junior college football to find his replacement for senior quarterback Matt McGloin.
McGloin had a heck of a season in 2012, passing for over 3,200 yards and 24 touchdowns to combat just five interceptions. He led the Nittany Lions to a surprising 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 record in the Big Ten.
As the Nittany Lions are the surprise team of the conference, their quarterback and head coach have also been pleasant upgrades from a year ago.
O’Brien targeted JUCO transfer quarterback Tyler Ferguson to fill the void to be left by McGloin after a record-setting season.
This comes at the perfect time for Penn State because Ferguson will be one of just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, along with McGloin’s freshman backup Steven Bench— an appropriate name for the freshman who will most likely find his home there with the commitment of Ferguson.
So who is this newly-added Nittany Lion quarterback? He is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound recruit that threw for 2,614 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games for College of the Sequoias this season.
Although Ferguson’s 55 percent completion percentage is not an ideal number for a starting college quarterback, improvement is definitely possibly, just as McGloin.
McGloin completed just under 55 percent of his passes in 2011 with 1,571 yards and eight touchdowns. He nearly doubled his production, including attempts, this season and improved him completion percentage to nearly 61.
Ferguson was originally committed to Houston, but O’Brien gave him a call last week and changed the young quarterback’s mind:
“I mulled it over, called Houston the next day and decommitted and then the next morning (Saturday), I called and committed to Penn State.”
Ferguson has three years of eligibility left and will be a great replacement for McGloin. Penn State is only getting better, folks.