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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 212

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Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 12-of-23 attempts for 179 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in a 48-7 blowout win over UMass on Saturday.
This was the first game in the Nittany Lions' 4-0 start that Hackenberg hasn't exceeded 300 yards passing. Penn State, of course, didn't ask Hackenberg to do much in the easy win. During the week leading up to the game, Minutemen coach Mark Whipple said Hackenberg would be the No. 1 overall pick when he enters the draft: "He's going to be the first player picked. If he could come out this year, he'd be the first player picked," Whipple said. Sep 20 - 9:56 PM

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Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple said Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 1 overall pick when he enters the draft.

"He's going to be the first player picked. If he could come out this year, he'd be the first player picked," Whipple said, adding that Hackenberg "just can make every throw. ... He's just got it all." Whipple was the Steelers' QB coach during Ben Roethlisberger's first three seasons in the league, and he has also been an offensive assistant with the Eagles and Browns (2011-12). Whipple's UMass squad travels to Penn State on Saturday. We'd accuse him of buttering Hackenberg up, but he's not the only one saying these things. A veteran AFC scout said last week that Hackenberg is "the top QB in college football," and NFL.com wrote that he is "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 16 - 9:19 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 25-of-44 attempts for 309 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in a nail biting 13-10 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions didn't score until there was less than four minutes left in the third quarter, but still managed to pull out the victory behind a dominant defensive effort (five interceptions). Hackenberg struggled, but picked up his play when it mattered, leading the school to a game-winning, six-play, 80-yard drive with two passes that accounted for 76 yards to Geno Lewis. A veteran AFC scout said last week that Hackenberg is "the top QB in college football," and NFL.com wrote that he is "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks.
Sep 14 - 10:12 PM

A veteran AFC scout said Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg is "the top QB in college football."

Hackenberg is "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks, reports NFL.com, who love his "combination of size, arm strength and competitiveness." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,955 yards with a 20/10 TD-to-INT ratio as a true freshman last year, and he clearly progressed over the offseason. He won't be draft-eligible until after next season. "He put in work in the offseason, bulking up and adding strength, and it has shown in his improved game," NFL.com wrote. "He has thrown for more than 300 yards in Penn State's first two games, including 454 in the team's Dublin opener. There hasn't been a Big Ten quarterback drafted in the first round since Kerry Collins was taken by the Carolina Panthers in 1995. Still far from a polished product, Hackenberg looks the part and could end the drought once he decides to go pro."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 6:02 PM

The NCAA has restored Penn State's postseason eligibility effective immediately.

"Due to Penn State’s progress in ensuring athletics dept functions with integrity, NCAA immediately restores football postseason eligibility," the statement read. The NCAA has also restored all scholarships, beginning in the 2015-16 season. Penn State had the sanctions modified just a few years ago, but obviously this abruptly ends the initial punishments handed down following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Source: NCAA
Sep 8 - 2:34 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 22 of 36 attempts for 319 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 21-3 win over Akron.

Two of Hackenberg's touchdowns were thrown to tight end Jesse James, the other was a swing pass to Bill Belton. Hackenberg's interceptions stick out most, as one was a forced throw into double coverage at the goal line. There's no reason to discuss where Hackenberg stacks up with the draft-eligible quarterbacks, as he is not allowed to enter the draft until 2016.
Sep 6 - 4:43 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 32 of 47 attempts for 454 yards in the school's 26-24 win over UCF.

Hackenberg made some great throws, specifically a few when evading pressure, but there were also multiple occasions when he forced passes into multiple defenders or threw behind his receiver. We don't see the point of anointing Hackenberg as the next great QB prospect until after the season. Instead, let's see how he develops this season. To his credit, Hackenberg did everything right in the school's game winning field goal drive.
Aug 30 - 12:21 PM

QB Christian Hackenberg became the first sophomore to be named team captain in Penn State history.

The stretch dates back 128 years. Penn State has seven team captains, two on offense, two one defense and three on special teams. Hackenberg already has plenty of fans after just one season as the team's starter, but he will look to build on that success in 2014.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:40 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks writes that "NFL scouts are already salivating about" Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg's "potential at the next level."

The 6-4, 220-pounder completed about 59 percent of his passes for 2,955 yards with a 20/10 TD-to-INT ratio as a true freshman last year. "More importantly, Hackenberg helped the Nittany Lions knock off a couple of Big Ten heavyweights (Michigan and Wisconsin), while displaying the kind of grit and determination scouts covet in franchise quarterbacks," Brooks wrote. The analyst is also impressed by Hackenberg's "impressive arm strength, anticipation and awareness at this stage of his career."
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 9:29 PM

Penn State freshman QB Christian Hackenberg completed 14 of 25 attempts for 163 yards in a 24-10 loss to Minnesota.

Hackenberg showed the same strong arm we are used to seeing, but he displayed some poor pocket movement and missed on some outside breaking routes. He still has a bright future, but this wasn't one of Hackenberg's best performances.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 03:23:00 PM

Penn State freshman QB Christian Hackenberg is "ready to go" for Saturday's game against Illinois.

Hackenberg suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder during Saturday's game against Ohio State and left the game in the third quarter. "He won’t wear a protective — you know, other than, obviously, shoulder pads — but he won’t wear a protective device," head coach Bill O’Brien said.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 10:09:00 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Penn State freshman QB Christian Hackenberg has "poise and big game moxie."

"The fact that he has completed 58 percent of his passes, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions speaks highly of where he is in his development," Brooks said. The former NFL scout believes Hackenberg is already building a legacy at Penn State, and Brooks ranks him as the No. 15 quarterback in college football.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 10:46:00 AM

The NCAA released a statement saying they are gradually restoring Penn State football scholarships due to the school's "continued progress toward ensuring athletics integrity."

"Beginning next academic year (2014-15), five additional initial scholarships will be restored to the university’s football team," the statement reads. "This amount will continue to increase." These additional five scholarships will bring the total to 75 in 2014-15, and will increase to 80, then to 85 in the following two seasons. The NCAA Executive Committee might also consider additional mitigation of the postseason ban in the future.
Source: NCAA
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 11:25:00 AM

Penn State has converted 4-of-34 third downs on offense this season.

The Nittany Lions are averaging 33 points per game and are 10-for-10 in red zone situations, but this conversion rate needs to be improved upon. The school is also 5-of-6 on fourth downs. "I believe it will improve," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I do think we're a decent offense. It's one of those things that's not very good right now, but I believe we'll get it."
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Penn State true freshman QB Christian Hackenberg completed 22 of 31 attempts for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions against Syracuse.

It is early, but Hackenberg has that NFL feel to him. There were some missteps for the true freshman, but that is to be expected. He's found a go to target in junior Allen Robinson, the team's top receiver, and could have another if tight end Kyle Carter stays healthy. Hackenberg displayed pocket movement and poise while working through progressions, which will only improve.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:19:00 AM