Bench, Ferguson get chance to create separation in Penn State QB race at spring game

The candidates for the Penn State starting quarterback job will get a chance to create separation in the competition when the Nittany Lions wrap up spring practice Saturday.

Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson are the main candidates to take over for last year's record-setting starter, Matt McGloin, who hopes to get a shot in the NFL.

Coach Bill O'Brien has split repetitions evenly. Bench and Ferguson were running about even in practice.

O'Brien has said he won't make a decision in the quarterback race until preseason camp in August, after incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg joins the fray.

For now, it's Bench and Ferguson with a chance to seize momentum going into the summer.

O'Brien will also be looking for backups to fill depth and stock special teams.