Penn State Depth Chart Lists Tyler Ferguson, Christian Hackenberg as Co No. 1 QB

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 13, 2013

Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Tyler Ferguson (5) looks down the line of scrimmage in the first quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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As expected, Penn State will have plenty of questions to answer once fall camp arrives in August. The main position battle everybody is looking forward to is at quarterback. The Nittany Lions have no answer at the position, according to the latest depth chart provided by Go PSU Sports.

You can check out the full depth chart by clicking here.

The starting quarterback lists Tyler Ferguson OR Christian Hackenberg. This clearly means that there is a true quarterback duel set to take place in Happy Valley. It also means that the coaching staff thinks highly of the two new recruits.

Ferguson was one of the five early enrollees, and that time preparing has certainly paid off as head coach Bill O'Brien told Audrey Snyder of Penn Live back in May.

“We have one quarterback here on campus right now in Tyler Ferguson,” O’Brien said. “That's the guy that definitely has the lead going into training camp because he's been here for 15 practices and a lot of meetings.”

Ferguson also has college experience leaning his favor considering he is a JUCO transfer who spent time at the College of the Sequoias. But he will have his hands full with Hackenberg.

The 5-star quarterback (247Sports) obviously has his work cut out for him due to missing valuable reps by not enrolling early like his competition. However, he has the look of a traditional quarterback at 6'4", possesses tremendous arm strength, is athletic and has a nice, smooth delivery. Although Nittany Lions fans haven't seen him in person, he has generated some buzz off of his potential.

On film he looks like the total package and the coaching staff obviously believes the same. After all, it is quite rare that a true-freshman has the potential to earn the starting job from day one. Even being listed on the depth chart before he starts classes is saying something.

This will be mighty interesting once fall ball kicks off.

Another nugget that should earn your attention is seeing defensive tackle Austin Johnson behind Kyle Baublitz. Johnson is an athletic player who spent a lot of time on the basketball court. He had a solid spring practice but is still somewhat of an unknown due to lack of playing time.

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