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Penn State Football Class of 2013: Welcome, Tyler Ferguson

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Penn State's JUCO transfer will challenge for the starting quarterback position in 2013.

Patrick Smith

JuCo transfer QB Tyler Ferguson wasn't on most Nittany Lions fans' radar until after the much-publicized decision of fellow transfer Jake Waters to attend Kansas State instead of PSU. The same morning that Waters made his decision, Ferguson was reportedly so convinced that his fellow JUCO QB was headed to State College that he had already pledged to Houston; that pledge was quickly rescinded as BOB and co were forced to reevaluate their QB situation.

Just one day after that, the recruiting staff secured the commitment of Ferguson, a transfer from College of the Sequoias in California.

Ferguson is a California native who flew under the radar because, amongst other reasons, he suffered a broken collarbone his senior high school season in 2011, and was forced to sit hour after only six games. At his junior college, Ferguson threw for 2,614 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games.

Looking to push fellow QB Steven Bench for playing time right away, the jury is split over who the fans expect to start at the position come the season opener in New Meadowlands (fellow 2013 QB Christian Hackenberg is likely to redshirt this season). Ferguson certainly has the tools to compete right away, provided he can learn the playbook right away; this, in all liklihood, shouldn't be too much for Ferguson.

As Ferguson enrolled early, fans should be able to gauge where he's at when he plays in the Blue/White game in April. He has three years of eligibility remaining, along with a potential redshirt if necessary.


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