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Dec. 20, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., December 20, 2012 - Quarterback Tyler Ferguson (Bakersfield, Calif.) has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Penn State and plans to enroll in the University in January. He will be eligible to play during the 2013 season.
The 6-4, 210-pound Ferguson threw for 2,614 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games during the 2012 season at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. He completed better than 55 percent of his passes and was the second-leading passer in the CCCAA's Central Valley Conference.
During his senior season at Bakersfield's Ridgeview High School, Ferguson led his team to a 6-0 record when he suffered a broken collarbone and missed the remainder of the 2011 regular season. He threw for 1,275 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Ridgeview competes in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section's Division III.
Led by first-year coach Bill O'Brien, the ESPN and Maxwell Football Club's National Coach of the Year, the Nittany Lions posted an 8-4 overall mark and finished second in the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 6-2 record. Penn State won eight of its final 10 games, with the only losses coming against division winners Ohio State and Nebraska. In the season finale, the Nittany Lions beat eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin, 24-21, in overtime.
Season tickets are available for the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions will host three teams that finished in the 2012 BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue, Illinois, Virginia and Eastern Michigan also will visit Beaver Stadium next year.
For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can call1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.