Penn State Nittany Lions
- Penn State QB Ferguson Will Transfer
- Coquese emotional as Lady Lions fall to Irish, 77-67
- Two PSU assistant football coaches out
- Penn State 31, Wisconsin 24: Extended Highlights, Postgame Reaction
- [VIDEO] Bill O'Brien on using 24-point spread as motivation
- [VIDEO] Da'Quan Jones fired up talks Penn State motivation for beating Wisconsin
- [VIDEO] Penn St QB Hackenberg talks career-high performance
- [VIDEO] Nittany Lions seniors Urschel, Carson talk after Wisconsin win about "hair-raising" celebration
- Highlights: Nebraska 23, Penn State 20 OT
- Nittany Lions lose "heartbreaker" to Nebraska
- Penn State falls in OT on Senior Day
- Possible changes proposed to PSU sanctions
- State senators propose PSU Board of Trustee changes
- Penn State "Selfies" See Season's End
- Nittany Lions Return To Normal For Senior Day
- Penn State, Zwinak Run Past Purdue 45-21
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- RAW: Catching up with former PSU LB Michael Mauti
- Road woes continue, Penn State falls to Minnesota
- Lady Lions raise banner, set scoring record vs. St. Francis
- PSU Looks For First Big 10 Road Win At Minnesota
- John Urschel Previews Ohio State
- Frazier, Newbill to Lead PSU Men's Hoops in 2013-14
- Lady Lions Turn To Freshman In 2013-14
- Stephen Obeng-Agyapong interview post-Michigan win
- Jesse James interview post-Michigan win
- Christian Hackenberg interview post-Michigan win
- John Urschel interview post-Michigan win
- Penn State Opens Pegula With 4-1 Win
- Inside Pegula Ice Arena: PSU Gives Tour
- NCAA to restore football scholarships to Penn State
- PSU Insider Report: O'Brien looks for solid run game vs UCF
- Penn State hockey tickets high in demand
- Penn State runs past Eastern Michigan
- Ice installed at new PSU rink
- WJAC-TV Exclusive: Tour of Pegula Ice Arena
- Best Of Bill: O'Brien One-Liners From Tuesday
- PSU Insider Report: Nittany Lions move forward with Hackenberg
- PSU Insider Report: O'Brien, Lions room to improve for EMU
- RAW: Penn State vs. Syracuse Postgame, Bill O'Brien, Christian Hackenberg
- O'Brien and Hackenbarg talk QB's Debut
- Hackenberg, Defense, lead Penn State to Opening day win
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- O'Brien mum on starting QB for Syracuse
- PSU defense prepares for Orange QB pair
- Penn State players update on Training Camp
- O'Brien to name QB by week's end
- O'Brien: Penn State QB Battle
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- PSU Media Day: Offense to lead Nittany Lions
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PSU Media Day: Offense to lead Nittany Lions
Updated: Friday, August 9 2013, 12:48 AM 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."