STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Prized incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg is officially in the Penn State quarterback derby before ever taking a snap.
The post-spring depth chart released Thursday listed Hackenberg and junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson, a sophomore, as the top two candidates to take over the starting job left vacated by the graduation of Matt McGloin.
Coach Bill O'Brien had given every indication in spring practice that Hackenberg would get a chance to compete for the job when preseason camp opens in August.
"He's a talented player, so we've got to see what he can do," quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher at a recent charity golf tournament. "He's got to earn whatever he gets - Coach O'Brien will be the first to tell you that. But he's going to get every opportunity to show why we recruited him here."