Freshman QB O’Connor will transfer
In a move that came as no surprise, Penn State redshirt freshman quarterback Michael O’Connor is transferring after spending one season in the program.
The school confirmed the news Thursday. It’s unclear where O’Conner plans to transfer to.
“We thank Michael for his contributions to the program and wish him well in his future academic and athletic endeavors,” coach James Franklin said in a university statement.
O’Conner, a four-star recruit out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is a pro-style quarterback. He was beaten out for the backup job prior to the season by Trace McSorley, who’s a dual-threat guy, and Franklin’s offense is designed more for a mobile quarterback.
McSorley also redshirted this season. Had O’Conner returned next season, he likely would have been third string again behind starter Christian Hackenberg and McSorley.
Linebacker Mike Hull was named second-team All-American by USA Today on Wednesday. Hull leads the Big Ten with 134 tackles.
Pry up for award
PSU’s Brent Pry, an Altoona native, is one of three finalists for the linebacker coach of the year award presented by FootballScoop.com. The other two finalists are Bob Gregory from Washington and Jeff Casteel from Arizona.
Sean Spencer is one of five finalists for the defensive line coach of the year honor from FootballScoop. He’s up against Utah’s Illaisa Tuiaki, Missouri’s Craig Kuligowski, Utah State’s Ikaika Malloe and Clemson co-coaches Marion Hobby and Dan Brooks.