Friday, September 4, 2015

O'Brien names starting QB but says only the team knows who it is

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien admitted for the first time that he has indeed decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against Syracuse, but is keeping the player's identity a secret.

O'Brien names starting QB but says only the team knows who it is

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Penn State head football coach Bill O´Brien. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)
Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien disclosed for the first time Thursday that he has decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Syracuse, and that the two contenders for the job and the rest of the team know the starter’s identity.

On his weekly radio show, O’Brien said of naming the starting quarterback, “That’s a big deal." He added that he did not want to publicly disclose the starter because both sophomore Tyler Ferguson and freshman Christian Hackenberg are young and are trying to get accustomed to academic life now that fall semester classes have begun.

“They’ve been told who’s going to start the game,” O’Brien said. “The team knows. That’s all that matters.”

O’Brien said that both quarterbacks will play in the game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., but that they won’t alternate series.

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O'Brien did not say when he reached his decision. At his weekly media teleconference Tuesday, O'Brien would not say if he had settled on a starter.

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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