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PSU Media Day: Offense to lead Nittany Lions

Updated: Sunday, April 13 2014, 01:10 PM EDT

By Matt Maisel

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Everyone's focus at Penn State's Thursday media day is on August 31 and the opener with Syracuse at MetLife Stadium. The biggest question facing the Nittany Lions for the next three weeks, however, will be who will start at quarterback. Head Coach Bill O'Brien said three days into camp, junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson has a slight end on heralded freshman recruit Christian Hackenberg.

"Tyler is a little ahead, he has the knowledge of the offense," O'Brien said of his juco transfer who enrolled in January. "But again, Christian has come in here and really done a nice job.  For a true freshman to come in here and do the things that he's done in the first three practices is really good to see.  He's attentive."

The quarterbacks might have a big question mark but the skill players around them do not. Penn State returns top talent at running back (Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton), wide receiver (Allen Robinson), and tight end (Kyle Carter, Jesse James, Matt Lehman).

"We have a chance to be great," said junior running back Zach Zwinak. "We all bring something different to table. We've all been in system for a year now. Now it's just a matter of fine-tuning everything."

"We know we can be very dangerous," said Carter "We have to make every play we can make and be versatile."

O'Brien lauded his receivers Thursday, saying, "Theyre big. They're tall. And they can catch the ball. They are a much imporoved unit."

O'brien says he'll still have the same agressive play calling that helped make him national coach of the year in 2012.

"We're gonna go for it on 4th down this season. I mean, if we get the ball on the 50‑yard line going in and we've got an advantageous 4th down and the momentum of the game or all the different factors that go into it, there's a lot of different factors.  Obviously we're not going to be dumb about it."

PSU Media Day: Offense to lead Nittany Lions

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