Backup QB will transfer

Tyler Ferguson competed for Penn State’s starting quarterback job in preseason camp, and at one point coach Bill O’Brien said Ferguson was “a little bit ahead” of Christian Hackenberg.

That seems like eons ago given how Hackenberg won the job and went on to enjoy a stellar freshman season.

Now, seeing little opportunity for himself playing behind Hackenberg, Ferguson has been granted a release from his scholarship and will seek to transfer, a university spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Ferguson, a sophomore who was a junior college transfer, played sparingly for the Nittany Lions this season. He appeared in five games, completing 10-of-15 passes for 155 yards, one TD and no interceptions.

A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Ferguson will have two years of eligibility left wherever he lands. If he transfers to another Division I-A school he will have to sit out one season.

– Cory Giger