O’Brien: QB Decision “By the End of the Week”

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.