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Penn State courting quarterback contoversy

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07:18 AM ET 07.25 | Returning sophomore Tyler Ferguson won't have the Penn State starting job handed to him. [Ferguson] and freshman Christian Hackenberg will split repetitions with the first-team offense when training camp starts in less than two weeks, and coach Bill O'Brien said he plans to pick one of the two as his starting quarterback midway through preseason practice. Penn State opens preseason practice Aug. 5, and it kicks off the season Aug. 31 against Syracuse in East Rutherford, N.J. "I'm going to see, hopefully, pretty quickly who stands out," O'Brien said Wednesday at Big Ten media days. "Maybe neither one of them do, and then I have to make a choice." O'Brien said Ferguson will enter camp slightly ahead of Hackenberg since he had 15 practices last spring to run the offense.

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July 25, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Most QB controversies are manufactured by the media. They gotta stir something up to keep readers attention.

July 25, 2013  09:23 AM ET

A QB controversy beats that "other" controversy by a mile. Let's all be thankful for that.

July 25, 2013  10:00 AM ET

It should be obvious that O'Brian promised Hackenberg a fair shot at winning the starting job.

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July 25, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Since when is competition in camp a bad thing? Let it play out and let the best man win.

July 25, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Why would a promising high school QB go to a school with so much controversy and no chance of a bowl during his tenure? Crazy.

July 25, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Why would a promising high school QB go to a school with so much controversy and no chance of a bowl during his tenure? Crazy.

Actually, this kid's senior year should be open to a bowl game, if PSU qualified. With the limited schollies, PT has to be available. Also, I think getting coached by BoB with his credentials (winning SB rings, etc) makes his long term earning potential greater....at least those are the only things I can come up with.

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July 26, 2013  07:44 AM ET

For the idiot who wrote this - Ferguson is not a returning sophomore, he is a JuCo transfer. Ferguson and Hackenburg have both played the same number of downs in Penn State games. Maybe the floks in Pittsburgh should worry about Pitt players; maybe Rushell Shell? Puck Fitt!

 
July 26, 2013  11:12 AM ET

I doubt Penn State created the QB controversy. In the mind of the media such a thing exists. I do not believe controversy is the correct tern but you see it all the time. A decision will be made right or wrong. Certainly if appears wrong then there will be comments and complaints but what is a coach to do but go with the best one to start the season.

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