Published Monday, July 29, 2013 AT 10:53 AM / Updated at 5:27 PM
Penn State’s QB race
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Penn State has a two-man battle at quarterback largely because there are only two scholarship players at that position — incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg and junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson.

Lack of quantity doesn’t mean lack of quality.

Hackenberg was a five-star recruit rated as ESPN’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2013 coming out of Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. Ferguson, who has three years of eligibility, broke school records at the College of the Sequoias in California for passing yards (2,614) and completions (199).

For a non-traditional scouting report, let’s go to senior guard and team brainiac John Urschel, a 4.0 student who already has a bachelors and masters in mathematics.

“They are both cool guys. I like them,” Urschel said. “Hack is a lot more intense, not just on the field but in general, whereas Fergie is a West Coast guy. So off the field, he’s a very laid-back kid and a lot more relaxed.

“But on the field, they are both very talented quarterbacks from what I’ve seen — not that I’m a great quarterbacks coach. But I think coach (Bill) O’Brien has a lot to work with.”


About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at