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Ex-Penn State QB Tyler Ferguson transferring from Louisville, too

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With one move, Louisville’s five-man quarterback competition has been pared down to four — and by a player used to moving at that.

While the school has yet to announce it, Scout.com is reporting that Tyler Ferguson has decided to transfer out of the Cardinals’ football program.  According to the report, Ferguson has been granted a full release to transfer to another football program.

The move away from the Cardinals marks Ferguson’s second departure from a Power Five school in less than two years.

In early December of 2013, Ferguson asked for and was granted his release from his Penn State scholarship.  A month later, he landed at Louisville, sitting out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Technically, though, this serves as Ferguson’s third transfer since beginning his collegiate career.

Transferring to Happy Valley from the JUCO ranks in early 2013, Ferguson was involved in the competition for the Nittany Lions’ starting job beginning in the spring.  The arrival of five-star recruit Christian Hackenberg over the summer ended Ferguson’s hope of being named the starter as the true freshman quickly grabbed the reins.

Shortly after Hackenberg arrived on campus, rumors surfaced that Ferguson was considering a transfer.  He remained though, and, appearing in four games in 2013, Ferguson completed 10-of-15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.

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Petrino putting together deep QB position with another 4-star commit

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Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is starting to fill up his quarterback depth with some good quality. The Cardinals added a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback recruit Tylin Oden on Monday. Oden is now the top-rated player in Louisville’s growing Class of 2016. He announced his commitment the way all kids make their announcements these days; on Twitter.

“I would like to thank my family, friends, school, and teammates for being with me every step of the way,” Oden said in a miniaturized statement on Twitter. “I’m honored to announce that I’ve officially committed to the University of Louisville. L’s up.”

Oden, a dual-threat quarterback from Tennessee, is the seventh-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and the sixth-bets recruit from the state of Tennessee according to Rivals. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound recruit is Louisville’s 10th in the Class of 2016, and second four-star quarterback recruited by Petrino since his return to the program. Louisville’s Class of 2015 added Lamar Jackson from Florida.

Per The Courier-Journal, Oden chose Louisville over offers from Mississippi State and West Virginia. Louisville had been considered the favorite.

Louisville will bring back Will Gardner in the fall, as well as Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin. Former junior college and Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson will also be eligible to play at Louisville this season.

Petrino confident in Bridgewater’s successor at Louisville

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It would have been great to see Teddy Bridgewater get a chance to compete in the ACC this season, especially in the same division as Clemson and Florida State, but the page has been turned at Louisville. New head coach (same as the old coach?) Bobby Petrino seems to have found a comfort level with Will Gardner, who is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Cardinals as the program moves into the ACC this fall.

“He’s a young man who is extremely coachable, very intelligent and really into it,” Petrino said in a story published by USA Today. “When you talk about dedication and commitment, Will has done all of that.”

Replacing Bridgewater is pretty much impossible, but Gardner’s job will be to keep the offense steady behind an experienced offensive line. The situation could be worse for Louisville, but having a quarterback who is preparing to be a leader in the offseason should help the program have a smoother transition under center and in moving to a new conference. Gardner’s studious attitude has caught the eye of Petrino.

“He’s a student of the game,” Petrino told USA Today. “He spends a lot of time working at it, studying other quarterbacks, studying the offense. He’s a type of player that you want to have, that you want to cheer for and do well. It’s our job as coaches to prepare him so he can go out there and perform.”

Gardner is a redshirt sophomore and is the only quarterback with any amount of significant playing experience on the roster this fall. Louisville has added juco quarterback Patrick Thomas as well as former Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson.

Louisville adds JUCO quarterback to 2014 mix

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Louisville added one more quarterback option to the competition to replace Teddy Bridgewater in 2014. The Cardinals announced the addition of junior college transfer quarterback Patrick Thomas, one of the top dual-threat players from the junior college ranks.

“I’m pleased that Patrick has joined our program,” Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said. “He is a dual-threat quarterback who adds depth to that position heading into the fall. Patrick is talented and I’m excited to add him to the mix as we head into the ACC this season.”

Thomas was set to join UAB to play for head coach Garrick McGee, but McGee left the Blazers to take an assistant coaching position under Petrino. McGee is Louisville’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Thomas will have three years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play this season for the Cardinals as the school enters the ACC. He will compete with Will Gardner, Brent Nelson, and Kyle Bolin for the starting job. Gardner is the only quarterback with playing experience last season for Louisville. Bolin is a talented prospect who was took a redshirt last season. Nelson transferred to Louisville from junior college last season. Louisville has also added another former junior college quarterback with the addition of Tyler Ferguson, who transferred from Penn State after backing up Christian Hackenberg at Penn State in 2013. Ferguson had transferred to Penn State from junior college as well and must sit out the 2014 season at Louisville due to NCAA transfer rules.

In one year at Georgia Military College, Thomas passed for 1,695 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas led Georgia Military College to a record of 11-1 and a trip to the junior college championship game against East Mississippi Community College.

Report: Ex-Penn State QB Tyler Ferguson lands at Louisville

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Transfer-wise, the hiring of Bobby Petrino is already paying dividends for the Louisville football program.

Josh Moyer of ESPN.com is reporting that Tyler Ferguson has confirmed that he will be transferring to Louisville to continue his collegiate playing career.  Ferguson had been slated to land at Western Kentucky before Petrino left the Hilltoppers for the Cardinals.

Appearing in four games this season, Ferguson completed 10-of-15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.  In early December, Ferguson asked for and was granted his release from his Penn State scholarship.

Transferring to Happy Valley from the JUCO ranks in early 2013, Ferguson was involved in the competition for the Nittany Lions’ starting job beginning in the spring.  The arrival of five-star recruit Christian Hackenberg over the summer ended Ferguson’s hope of being named the starter as the true freshman quickly grabbed the reins.

Shortly after Hackenberg arrived on campus, rumors surfaced that Ferguson was considering a transfer.