Posted: Sun March 17, 2013 4:48PM; Updated: Sun March 17, 2013 4:46PM

Penn State opens spring practice with no clear-cut QB

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Matt McGloin
Bill O'Brien will have a decision to make at quarterback in 2013 to replace Matt McGloin who played in 31 games for the Nittany Lions
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa (AP) -- The quarterback race at Penn State begins Monday, though coach Bill O'Brien says he won't name a starter by the time spring practice ends in a month.

O'Brien said Sunday that Steven Bench and Tyler Fergson will split the reps in spring ball. They'll be evaluated at spring's end, though O'Brien doesn't expect to settle on a starter until during training camp in August.

The Nittany Lions are looking for a replacement for record-setting starter Matt McGloin. The senior helped guide Penn State to a better-than-expected 8-4 record in his one and only season with O'Brien. Bench served as McGloin's backup as a freshman last season but played sparingly. Ferguson is a junior college transfer from California.

Prized recruit Christian Hackenberg also arrives at Penn State this summer.

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