O'Brien, players talk about PSU QBs

April, 11, 2013
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- It's no surprise that the quarterback situation is the story of this offseason.

The Nittany Lions' season will likely only be as good as their signal-caller. So NittanyNation spoke to several players on the field about the two current QBs -- Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson -- and listened in during teleconferences Wednesday.

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Tom Hauck for ESPNTyler Ferguson and Steven Bench are side by side in Penn State's quarterback competition this spring.
Here's what Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and those players had to say:

Offensive guard Miles Dieffenbach: "They both are doing a tremendous job at quarterback. They're both getting their fair share of reps, and both have really good velocity on the ball. And both are great leaders.

"O'Brien's throwing a lot at them in the offense, so they're taking it in well, giving good leadership, getting everyone aligned, making the calls right. They're both good quarterbacks."

O'Brien: "I can't say that one guy has really stood out over the other guy. They both had their moments. I've been very impressed with how hard each guy has worked. You think about these guys -- they're both young, they're both 18, 19 years old. Many of the guys they're playing with have been in the system longer than them.

"So it's a little bit different than last year where everybody was new. So these guys have had to catch up to these veteran guys, and I think they've done a good job. Both guys have had some good moments. We're just looking for it to be more consistent over the next five, six practices."

Linebacker Mike Hull: "They're both working hard, and they're both doing really well. I don't really pay much attention to the offensive side of the ball, but they're both doing a good job."

When asked if going against one QB is any different than the other

"Nah, not really. It's just our offense. Same stuff every day."

Center Ty Howle: "Our quarterbacks are playing well right now. They're all picking up the offense very well. They're progressing, and they're really doing a great job as far as leading the team, as far as being in the huddle, commanding them. I feel they're all doing a great job."

When asked if they have different styles

"Being in front of them, not really."

Tight end Kyle Carter: "I mean, I'm not really going to get into their strengths and weaknesses. They're both taking control of the huddle, and they're both getting us in the right formations."

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Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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