Backup QB Ferguson will transfer

In a move that should surprise nobody, backup quarterback Tyler Ferguson has decided to transfer from Penn State.

Ferguson, who was 10-for-15 for 155 yards and a touchdown this season, lost a close battle with highly touted freshman Christian Hackenberg for the starting job in preseason camp. Hackenberg went on to throw for the third most yards in a single season at Penn State to go along with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Ferguson, a junior college transfer from the College of the Sequoias who arrived at Penn State in January, was a four-star prospect who had originally committed to Houston before switching to Penn State. He split reps in spring practice with Steven Bench, who eventually transferred to South Florida. Ferguson will have three years to play two at his next college.

Ferguson’s transfer leaves Hackenberg as the only scholarship quarterback currently on the roster. That will change when four-star prospect Michael O’Connor out of Florida enrolls for the spring semester. Walk-ons D.J. Crook, Austin Whipple and Jack Seymour are also on the roster.

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