Optimistic O'Brien opens Penn State spring practice as quarterback questions mount

Published March 18, 2013

| Associated Press

Penn State has kicked off spring practice indoors after a late-winter snowstorm chased the Nittany Lions off their outdoor practice fields.

The quarterback race is front and center. Coach Bill O'Brien says he won't decide on a replacement for record-setting senior Matt McGloin until sometime during preseason camp.

So consider the spring an early audition for returning backup Steven Bench and junior-college transfer Tyler Ferguson.

Prized freshman recruit Christian Hackenberg is scheduled to join them this summer. O'Brien said Monday that Hackenberg should "certainly be in the mix."

In fact, O'Brien said everyone will have a chance to compete at all positions.

It's in part due to necessity. Penn State needs to replenish depth, including at linebacker, while also dealing with scholarship limitations.

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