Rookie Syracuse coach Scott Shafer goes into the season-opener against Penn State at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey with the same dilemma as the Nittany Lions — a quandary at the quarterback position.
Syracuse is one of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision teams entering 2013 without a quarterback that has started a game. That's the bad news. The good news that one of the other 10 is Penn State.
With the departures of Matt McGloin and Steven Bench, the Nittany Lions don't even have a quarterback on the roster who threw a pass for them last year, and O'Brien's depth chart also has that OR between Christian Hackenberg and Tyler Ferguson at the starting spot.
Sophomore Terrel Hunt and Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen have been vying all preseason and neither is listed as the starter for the Orange.