Penn State released its first depth chart of the season this morning—and there is no No. 1 quarterback listed. Instead, Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien has an “or” between Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg.
What’s it mean? America may not discover the identity of Penn State’s starter for this Saturday’s season opener vs. Syracuse in East Rutherford, N.J., until he walks under center for the first offensive snap of 2013.
I honestly don’t know why this has to be drawn out any longer, do you? It’s not like Penn State will gain some schematic edge over Syracuse. Ferguson and Hackenberg have similar styles, so the defensive preparation for the Orange wouldn’t be radically different regardless of who was Penn State’s starter. And neither has taken a snap in a FBS game, so it’s not like experience is a factor.
Regardless, stay tuned. Most think the highly touted true freshman Hackenberg will take the opening snap—but that JC transfer Ferguson also will play. What will be more interesting will be to see who finishes the game under center for Penn State. That will matter the most.
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