The big question hanging over the Blue and White faithful is: "who will be starting under center for Penn State?"
Head coach Bill O'Brien released his depth chart for the season-opener on Saturday but, unlike Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, O'Brien has not put his quarterback race to rest. The depth chart lists sophomore Tyler Ferguson OR freshman Christian Hackenberg as the starting quarterback against the Orange.
Quarterback Stephen Bench transferring to the University of South Florida in May left the race up for grabs between Ferguson and Hackenberg. Ferguson (6'3", 212 lbs.) enrolled at Penn State in January and has been working under O'Brien since transferring from junior college.
Hackenberg (6'3", 220 lbs.) comes in as one of the top recruits in the country. Per Rivals.com, Hackenberg is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country, No. 3 overall prospect from Virginia, and No. 24 overall prospect in the country. He did not enroll in school until the summer so Ferguson had a step-up on Hackenberg when it came to learning the offense.
No matter who takes over the job, both of these kids have potential. Matt McGloin was a former walk-on who set passing records in Happy Valley in one year under Bill O'Brien. It is exciting to think about what O'Brien could do with three or four years with someone like Hackenberg or Ferguson.
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