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Penn State Football: O'Brien Calls Quarterback Race 'Very Even'

by on August 15, 2013 11:50 AM

Penn State football fans will need to wait a little bit longer for Bill O'Brien to name a starting quarterback as the second year head coach called the race "very even" on Thursday morning.

"I spoke to both guys this morning and told them they couldn't be prouder of where they're at right now," O'Brien said.

"Both had good moments and made their share of mistakes. We'll let that play out a few more days. It's apparent to me we don't need to hold much back with Christian or Tyler. They're bright guys, they improve from one day to the next, ask great questions. Really fun to coach."

For O'Brien he's running out of days before Penn State's season opening game against Syracuse on August 31. So in his mind he only has a few more practices before he has to name a starter. Even though O'Brien is primarily a believer in the one quarterback system; that doesn't mean the other gunslinger won't see the field this season.

"I'm pretty close. I don't know if I have an exact day yet. Whoever I name as a starter, the next guy quite obviously has to be ready to go and more than likely will play this year. In my experience in 20 years of doing this, in many many times -- Cassel in 2008, guys at Georgia Tech or Maryland -- guys who were 1A or 1B played a lot of football for us. Let's not put too much stock in who the starter is. He'll start the game but the other guy is going to play football for us this year."

"We don't rule out anything. I do believe in playing one QB but it's hard to rule out anything. We'll do what's best for the team."

So for Penn State fans it's just a wait and see moment, but with two talented prospects battling for the starting nod there is little doubt the close competition will benefit the team in the long term.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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