After one year on campus, quarterback Tyler Ferguson has been granted his release and will transfer following the completion of the semester at Penn State. The sophomore was a backup to Christian Hackenberg in his only season with the Nittany Lions.
Ferguson completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown as a backup this season.
He completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in limited action.
Ferguson split the first-team repetitions evenly with sophomore Steven Bench during spring practice. After the two emerged neck-and-neck at the end of spring ball, Bench elected to transfer and is now at South Florida. Ferguson and Hackenberg, who arrived at Penn State in late June, competed for the job during camp.
He was rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports coming out of Junior College, and was the No. 31 JUCO prospect overall. He was the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country behind eventual Kansas State signee Jake Waters.
Ferguson has not used a redshirt year, so he has three years to play two at the college of his choice.
He threw for 2,614 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 56 percent of his passes in 10 games at the College of the Sequoias in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 213-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif., threw for 1,275 yards and 10 touchdowns during the first six games of his senior season at Ridgeview High School before a shoulder injury ended his season.
Hackenberg and freshman run-ons D.J. Crook, Austin Whipple and Jack Seymour are the remaining quarterbacks on Penn State's roster. Crook was listed as the third-stringer and was a standout on the 'Dirty Show' this fall.
Four-star freshman Michael O'Connor will enroll at University Park in January.