Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Penn State backup quarterback Ferguson to transfer

Penn State has confirmed that sophomore quarterback Tyler Ferguson, who backed up Christian Hackenberg during the 2013 season, has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer.

Penn State backup quarterback Ferguson to transfer

Penn State sophomore quarterback Tyler Ferguson, the backup this past season to Christian Hackenberg, has requested and received a release from his scholarship and will transfer, an athletic department spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Ferguson, who came to Penn State after one season at the College of the Sequoias near his hometown of Bakersfiield, Calif., saw action in only five games in 2013, completing 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown – a 65-yard strike to Allen Robinson against Ohio State.

The spokesman said Ferguson has been granted permission to speak with other schools, and that his release is effective at the conclusion of the fall semester.

“I’m just wanting to play somewhere,” Ferguson told ESPN.com. “I really don’t have any preference where that is. … I don’t think I could’ve possibly learned more football from any school than I did from (Penn State). I’m very grateful.”

Ferguson competed for the starting job against Steven Bench during spring practice and emerged with enough of an advantage that Bench transferred to South Florida. He then vied with Hackenberg in the pre-season before coach Bill O’Brien gave the starting job to the true freshman.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Ferguson will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out a season if he transfers to an FBS school.

The move by Ferguson leaves Hackenberg, named Big Ten freshman of the year earlier this week, as the only scholarship quarterback on the current roster. Freshman D.J. Crook emerged from a three-way battle of walk-on quarterbacks to become the No. 3 quarterback during the season.

Quarterback Michael O’Connor, a four-star recruit from the IMG Academy in Florida, has given O’Brien a verbal commitment and is scheduled to enroll at Penn State in January.

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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