Tyler Ferguson came to the Penn State Nittany Lions as a junior college transfer in 2013 hoping to compete for the starting quarterback job. Unfortunately for him, freshman Christian Hackenberg ultimately won the quarterback competition and solidified himself as the quarterback of the future at Penn State. With Hackernberg just about to enter his sophomore season, Ferguson decided in December that he would transfer from Penn State to find an opportunity to start. He has now confirmed, according to ESPN reporter Josh Moyer, that he will be taking his talents to the ACC and joining the Louisville Cardinals.
Ferguson was reportedly set to join the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers but changed his destination when Louisville rehired Bobby Petrino earlier this week. Louisville is looking to move on from the great career of Teddy Bridgewater, who is skipping his senior season to head to the NFL in 2014, and Petrino is known for building high-powered offensive attacks with big-armed quarterbacks. The Cardinals have freshman Will Gardner in place after spending 2013 as Bridgewater’s backup, but it’s unclear how he’ll fit into Petrino’s offense and Ferguson obviously likes his chances of competing with Gardner better than trying to unseat Hackenberg.
Due to transfer rules, Ferguson will have to sit out the 2014 season before joining Louisville on the field, giving Gardner a chance to entrench himself as the starter next fall. But if he struggles, Ferguson will have two years of eligibility remaining to swoop in and take the reins. He seems to believe in his opportunity with Petrino to make the switch from WKU with the head coach and will be hitting the playbook hard this fall to make sure he takes full advantage of any opportunity that presents itself.
While he didn’t find the playing time he wanted at Penn State, Tyler Ferguson is a talented quarterback with plenty to offer. Will he have the opportunity to show what he can do for Louisville in 2015?