O'Brien Refuses to Name Starter

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 08/27 2013 06:19PM

Updated 09/15 2013 05:17PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - We finally know exactly when Bill O’Brien will name a starting quarterback for the season opener against Syracuse.

It won't be Tuesday. It won't be the next day. Instead it'll be 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when the Nittany Lions’ offense takes the field.

“I'm not trying to do it to bust anybody's chops,” O’Brien says of refusing to name a starter. “I want to do what's best for the football team right now - the 2013 football team- and I want to do what's best for the guys involved. And I want to do what's best for Penn State. And what's best for Penn State is for you to find out when we take the field for the first snap of offensive football against Syracuse.”

O’Brien sidestepped questions asking if he's told the team who the starting QB will be.
Multiple players told WTAJ they have no idea who will start.
To prepare both Christian Hackenberg and Tyler Ferguson for their first major college game at quarterback, O’Brien has stressed the importance of knowing the opening game plan.

“And we have to do a great job of communication,” O’Brien added of preparing for week one. “It'll be loud. Whatever it is - verbal, hand signals, reading lips - whatever it is. We have to do a great job of communication.”

O’Brien also gave a detailed injury update at his weekly press conference.
Two players of note in the report - Adam Gress at right tackle will be good to go for full participation.
The same can be said for linebacker Ben Kline who struggled through the spring and the fall with a shoulder injury.

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