Penn State spring football practice opens

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- So who's going to be the quarterback? That's one question that will stand prominent this spring, and Penn State coach Bill O'Brien addressed some of those questions this afternoon, on the first day of Penn State's spring practice.

Of course, at this time, the answer to the quarterback question isn't clear. Sophomore-to-be Steven Bench and junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson are the two candidates who are competing this spring.

"They're both working at it," O'Brien said. "I would say Steven probably knows it a little better than Tyler right now. They both can throw the football and they can throw the ball accurately."

But even if one of them wins the spring competition, he will have to contend with another quarterback: Christian Hackenberg. O'Brien said the true freshman will definitely be in the mix when he arrives for fall practice.

"You bring these guys and they're on full scholarship," O'Brien said. "Unless they're injured then you're going to put them into the mix and let them compete. You're going to play the best players."

As far as news is concerned for the spring, several players are nursing injuries. Here's a quick rundown: linebacker Ben Kline (shoulder) will miss spring practice. Tight end Kyle Carter (wrist) will be non-contact in spring practice. Tight end Adam Breneman (knee) will be full-contact but closely monitored. Defensive back Stephen Obeng-Agyapong (shoulder) will be non-contact.

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Mark Dent: mdent@post-gazette.com, Twitter @mdent05


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