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Bill O’Brien will wait until “the end of the week” to pick a starting quarterback for Penn State’s Aug. 31 season opener, the head coach said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show this morning.
“I’d say it’s pretty close right now,” O’Brien said of the quarterback battle. “I’d say by the end of the week we’ll probably make a decision. But whatever we do we’ll do what’s best for the team. We have two really talented guys there.”
O’Brien praised freshman Christian Hackenberg, the nation’s top prep quarterback last year, according to ESPN.com, and Tyler Ferguson, a junior college transfer in his first season at Penn State.
“These are two of the best young quarterbacks that I’ve ever coached,” O’Brien told substitute hosts Adnan Virk and Jemele Hill. “Christian is 18 and Tyler Ferguson is 19. And these guys have come into training camp and really have had good command in the huddle. They’ve got a decent grasp of our offense. They’re throwing the ball well.
The 2012 Penn State football season was one that fans will not soon forget. Coach Bill O’Brien brought to Happy Valley a fresh look on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball that left fans excited and onlookers impressed. But how good was 2012 really? Here is a look back at some of the standout performers on the offensive side of the ball.
Zach Zwinak: For someone who entered the season as an unknown, Zwinak made the most of his chances racking up 1,007 yards rushing. Zwinak is the 40th running back to break the 1000-yard mark at Penn State and is now just over 300 yards away from former Nittany Lion Stephfon Gren who tallied 1351 yards on the ground while at Penn State.
If Zwinak were to repeat his 2012 performance exactly he would pass Franco Harris on the all-time rushing list, good enough for No. 17 just behind Jon Williams’ 2042 yards. With six 100-yard rushing games to his name, Zwinak is currently tied all-time with the likes of Rodney Kinlaw and Bob Campbell, sitting on a 100-yard game behind Silas Redd. Curt Warner leads Penn State running backs with 18 games of 100 or more yards.
We all saw how the Penn State football team was led in part by quarterback Matt McGloin.
What made McGloin’s rise to a starting quarterback and leader of the offense so special was where the quarterback began his college career. He started from the bottom and worked his way from walk-on playing on the practice squad to starter.
With the scholarship restrictions placed on head coach Bill O’Brien’s team, he will need to rely heavily on what he calls “run-ons.”
This season will be the beginning of Penn State’s adventure that will rely on these walk-on players.
So let’s check out which freshman walk-ons will become household names.
By Joe Juliano — The Philadelphia Inquirer
Since Penn State received a four-year postseason ban, one of a series of sanctions handed down last year by the NCAA, the Nittany Lions have sought to find a game during the regular season that would simulate a bowl atmosphere.
That game might be coming next season. A published report said Tuesday that a deal has been finalized that will allow Penn State to open its 2014 football season in Ireland against Central Florida.
May 13, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nine former Penn State football student-athletes participated in National Football League rookie mini-camps this month, four of whom were in camps that concluded Sunday.
During the 2013 NFL Draft, three Nittany Lions were selected: first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle Jordan Hill (Steelton/Seattle Seahawks), All-Big Ten linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J./Minnesota Vikings) and first team All-America linebacker Michael Mauti (Mandeville, La./Minnesota Vikings).
Four former Nittany Lions signed free agent contracts: tackle Mike Farrell (Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Steelers), cornerback Stephon Morris (Washington, D.C./New England Patriots), first-team All-Big Ten center Matt Stankiewitch (Orwigsburg/New England Patriots) and running back Michael Zordich (Youngstown, Ohio/Carolina Panthers).
In addition, two more Penn Staters were invited to NFL rookie mini-camps: quarterback Matt McGloin (Scranton/Washington and Carolina) and linebacker Pete Massaro (Newtown Square/Philadelphia Eagles).
The rookie mini-camps for the Eagles, Panthers and Seahawks ended Sunday.
The huddle had only been broken for eight seconds before Bill O’Brien stopped the play in its tracks.
“Who is the F?” O’Brien shouted, alluding to one of the three titles for the tight end position in his system. Sophomore Jesse James raised his hand as O’Brien walked up to the line of scrimmage, talking to James about proper alignment.
With the offense properly set, O’Brien stepped back again as transfer quarterback Tyler Ferguson stood in the backfield shouting out commands. This time it took O’Brien only three seconds to step in.
“We’ve got to get this right this year,” O’Brien said lining up next to Ferguson. “Here I’ll show you this one.”
Life hasn’t been all that great for Penn State’s not-so-dearly departed players who have left the program over the past year.
Since late last spring, about a dozen-and-a-half Nittany Lions have left the squad.
Some transferred. A handful of miscreants were shown the door, additions for Bill O’Brien by their subtraction. Some opted to give up football, but stayed at Penn State fully-scholarshipped, thanks to the NCAA.
And more than a few have hit upon bad luck.
Take these three. Please.
Since they left Happy Valley, it has been a bad spell — although the words hex, curse and whammy also come to mind — for former Nittany Lions Silas Redd, Rob Bolden and Anthony Fera, who transferred last summer with a combined 53 starts. For them, not being at Penn State physically hurt (or still does).
The biggest day of Matt McGloin’s football life is rapidly approaching, as Penn State will hold a Pro Day for NFL scouts next Monday and the Big Ten’s leading passer will have his final shot at impressing them.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder must prove he has the intelligence, arm strength, precision and mobility needed to make it in the NFL. When it comes to confidence, however, the brash Scranton, Pa., native has nothing to prove.
McGloin’s been brimming with the stuff since he set foot on campus as an invited walk-on in 2008, and it’s a big part of what helped him quickly earn a scholarship, then playing time and then the starting job while competing against teammates who had glowing credentials when they entered the program.
Asked what he intends to tell scouts who ask what he’ll bring to their team, McGloin laughed and said, “I could keep you here all day.” Then he rattled off the answer as if he’d said it a thousand times.
The weekend of December 8th and 9th is an important football recruiting weekend! Because the State College Quarterback Club’s purpose is to support the Penn State football program, changes to the 2012 Senior Banquet are necessary.
In order to work with the football staff, we are moving the banquet time to 4:00pm INSTEAD OF 1:45pm (doors will open at 3:00pm). The procedure for the sale of the banquet tickets that you recently received remains unchanged.
We realize that some members may not be able to attend at the later time. If members are unable to attend and have mailed in a check for tickets, please inform us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will return your check.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. We know our membership will understand as the change helps the football program.
Nittany Lion Football Supporters To Meet Weekly Starting August 29 in Beaver Stadium
Head coach Bill O’Brien will speak at the State College Quarterback Club luncheons
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The State College Quarterback Club is accepting renewals and new members for the 2012 season.
The Quarterback Club hosts a weekly luncheon during the Penn State Football season at The Mount Nittany Club in Beaver Stadium. Head Coach Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lion coaching staff and squad members will be among the guests, according to Club president Pete Rohrer. Continue reading