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On a day that typically sees quarterback battles put under a microscope, both Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson had opportunities to take charge in what could be a three-way competition heading in to the fall. Neither performed great, which leaves the door open for Christian Hackenberg to make a run for a starting job over the summer.
To be fair, Bench and Ferguson had equal stats, and they were not terrible.
Each completed nine of 15 pass attempts and the yardage was about equal—with Bench owning a 99 yards to 90 yards edge—but Ferguson recorded two touchdown passes and Bench owned just one. The two combined for five sacks, Ferguson taking three in the spring game.
Bench at times overthrew his intended receivers and Ferguson had a tendency to hold onto the football a little too long. This was an afternoon for one of the two to try to separate from the other in the quarterback race, but neither managed to do so.
It could have been worse. Neither threw an interception or fumbled the football. But neither found a way to put any hopes for Hackenberg on hold at the conclusion of the spring.
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