Quarterback Race Remains Unclear After Spring Game for Penn State Nittany Lions

By Tyler Brett

The Penn State Nittany Lions are looking for a new quarterback in 2013 after 3,000-yard passer Matt McGloin used up the last of his eligibility in 2012. There are a number of options at the position, though all of them are unproven. Head coach Bill O’Brien has kept tight-lipped about the competition to be the next starting quarterback this spring, and it doesn’t appear that there will be any more clarity in the situation following the team’s spring game.

JUCO transfer Tyler Ferguson and true sophomore Steven Bench looked to be the favorites for the job next fall among the quarterbacks already on campus for Penn State. Each of them took significant snaps in the spring game on Saturday and both did some positive things. Ferguson finished the day with two touchdown passes while Bench threw one of his own, but neither was able to engineer a scoring drive against the No. 1 defense.

Each quarterback had a golden opportunity to seize control of the quarterback race while they could, but neither of them seemed to have the stuff to really wow O’Brien during the scrimmage. That leaves the door open for highly touted  incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg to make a play for the No. 1 quarterback job when fall camp opens this August.

There is plenty of uncertainty under center right now in Happy Valley as nobody seems sure of what will happen with the quarterback position in 2013. O’Brien will take his time with the decision as he weighs who will be the best bet to carry a talented Penn State team during his second year at the helm.

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