QB decision might not come this week

Bill O'Brien didn't lend any clarity to the Penn State quarterback battle Thursday afternoon, instead saying that he might not name a starter this week after all.

He twice said Tuesday he would name a starter by the end of the week. When asked if he knew whether he'd have a starter in place by Friday or Sunday, O'Brien said he wasn't certain.

"I don't know," he said. "It might not come until next week. It might come the first play of the game on offense."

True freshman Christian Hackenberg and junior college signal-caller Tyler Ferguson are vying for the starting job. O'Brien said Ferguson had the early edge in the first week of the camp, but later said Hackenberg had caught up by Week 2. He's recently called the race "very close" and said he was close to a decision.

"We're all into this clarification stuff," O'Brien said. "It's my job to run the football team. I'm always going to do what's best for the football team. As long as I'm the head football coach there, I'll always do that.

"That has nothing to do with indecisiveness or doing this or doing that. All I care about is that the guys in the team meeting room know where we're headed -- and our guys on the football team have a very clear direction of where we're headed on both sides of the ball."