O’Brien States Reasons to Stay at Penn State


From the Centre Daily Times, State College

O’Brien sourced numerous reasons for wanting to stay at Penn State where he coached the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record in his first season as a head coach.

“The group of players and the staff that I have there, obviously along with my family are the three biggest influences,” O’Brien said.

Penn State’s coveted quarterback recruit Christian Hackenberg shed light on his thought process during the last few days O’Brien’s coaching future was in question.

Hackenberg had faith all along.

“He’s a man of his word,” The Fork Union Military Academy star said. “He told us that earlier this month. I can’t be more proud of who I’m going to play for.”

He’s expected to compete with second-year player Steven Bench and incoming junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson for the starting quarterback spot.

Hackenberg has not yet signed a letter of intent but O’Brien mentioned the upcoming quarterback battle in his interview with Jones.

“I think the key position for us is quarterback and who emerges at quarterback,” O’Brien said. “That’s going to be the biggest position for us to get up to speed as fast as we can.”

Ferguson will enroll at Penn State on Monday.

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