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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback

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

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Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg completed 10 of 19 attempts for 156 yards and a touchdown in the school's 20-14 win over Army.
Hackenberg put together one great drive, and that is all the Niitany Lions needed in this game. Penn State missed their top two ball carriers, so Hackenberg was asked ot carry more of the offense. He was practically perfect on a 91-yard scoring drive that ended in a 33 yard pass to tight end Mike Gesicki. Penn State faces Indiana next. Oct 3 - 3:06 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg as the No. 26 overall prospect.

Hack fell from No. 20 in McShay's rankings. It's a bit surprising, given his play, that he hung onto a Big Board spot period. "Hackenberg remains the most polarizing prospect in this class," McShay wrote. "His erratic accuracy remains an issue (52.8 completion rate), but he flashes enough good qualities on tape -- not-quite-elite arm strength and the ability to thread the needle on intermediate throws -- to make him an intriguing prospect." Across PSU's first three games, Hack averaged 124 yards per game with a 1/2 TD/INT ratio. He carved up a bad San Diego State defense last week.
Sep 30 - 8:45 PM

ESPN's Trent Dilfer believes Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is "very very very similar to Troy Aikman"

"They are the same type of body, thrower, personality, competitors," Dilfer said after stating Penn State is a terrible situation for the former Elite 11 counselor. Dilfer believes Hackenberg and Jared Goff are top five talents and the other quarterback prospects are not worthy of that consideration. Hackenberg might have the "tools" but he has not put them to good use over the last two seasons. At all.
Source: ESPN
Sep 30 - 11:19 AM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg completed 21-of-35 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 37-21 win over San Diego State.

Perhaps more importantly, no interceptions. Coming into this game, Hack had an awful 1/2 TD/INT ratio, a 49.3 percent completion percentage and 372 yards in three games. Hackenberg looked like a first-rounder in this game, but let's be real: The Aztecs, coming off a home loss to South Alabama, aren't good. The Nittany Lions host Army and Indiana the next two weeks, so Hack's draft stock may gain some momentum. Don't buy in until he proves it against quality defenses.
Sep 26 - 8:52 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg completed 10-of-19 passes for 141 yards and an interception in Saturday's 28-3 victory over Rutgers.

The interception didn't come until late. Still, it was not the type of performance that screams "first-rounder." Hackenberg has completed less than 50 percent of his passes, posted an ugly 1/2 TD/INT ratio and not yet thrown for 400 total yards.
Sep 20 - 5:53 PM

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood believes there is "no doubt" Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is a first-round talent.

"They have talented players," Flood said when asked about the upcoming matchup against Penn State. "If you give Christian enough time, he can deliver the ball." There is a lot to unpack here. First, there is plenty going wrong in Rutgers program with suspensions, injuries and all around poor play. Second, Penn State cannot handle the blitz, but that is on coaching and quarterback play to go along with the offensive line. Hackenberg did not look like a first round talent last year and has not this year.
Source: Penn Live
Sep 15 - 1:43 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang did not rank Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg in the top 32 in his most recent Big Board.

Ouch. Hackenberg completed 14-of-27 attempts for 128 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo over the weekend, his most recent sluggish performance. Hack's accuracy, yards per attempt and composure level have all graded out poorly thus far.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 13 - 8:49 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg completed 14 of 27 attempts for 128 yards and a touchdown in the school's 27-14 win over Buffalo.

If we are correct, Penn State also did not allow a sack. The conditions were not good as it was a rainy affair. Hackenberg did not look crisp, but he and the offense did look better in the second half compared to opening week versus Temple. A 4.7 yards per attempt is also quite bad, but Hackenberg will hope to improve the start to his season next week against Rutgers.
Sep 12 - 4:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, citing "inner circles rumblings," reports Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after this season and "numerous sources" say Hack "has already decided on an agent."

Pauline, who previously called Hack "the most overrated prospect in the nation," said the Temple game "further confirmed my belief." Hackenberg completed 11-of-25 passes for 103 yards and an interception in the loss. "The offensive line did nothing to help the situation as he was sacked ten times but Hackenberg is making the same mistakes as a year ago," he wrote. "Indecision, staring down receivers, poor choices as well as woeful inaccuracy plagued him ... as it did in 2014." Hack completed 44 percent of his passes, a continuation of a disturbing trend after he completed 58.9 percent as a freshman and 55.8 percent last year. "During a conversation with a league insider last week, someone who specializes in quarterbacks, the point was made that while stats may not be important red flags are raised when a college quarterback cannot complete 60% of his throws," Pauline wrote, adding that Hack is not NFL ready.
Sep 11 - 4:56 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg's "development has faded and he looks like a shell of the player who won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors," wrote CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Watching Hackenberg now, it's difficult to even see the player that Brugler cites--the one who showed tremendous poise and terrific physical abilities while completing 58.9% of his passes for 2,955 yards and a 20/10 TD/INT ratio in 2013. As the CBS Sports analyst notes, though, the flaws in his game standout clearly now. Writes Brugler, "Hackenberg shows questionable vision and isn't playing with any confidence, leading him to hold the ball too long and play gun-shy." The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo on Saturday. A daring soul could pay a cheap price for Hack in daily formats in the coming weeks, but the 6-foot-4, 212-pound junior is a very risky play and we wouldn't recommend it.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 8 - 10:01 PM

Penn State's "humbling loss" to Temple on Saturday sent junior QB Christian Hackenberg's "NFL stock sinking," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Penn State's offense was brutal -- a theme of the James Franklin era -- but it wasn't all Hack's fault. As is often pointed out, Hackenberg is extremely reliant on pre-snap reads, deciding where to throw in advance instead of reading the defense in the moment. This led a head-scratching interception on a quick pass to his right, an unnecessary risk. The offensive line caves easily and the gameplan is often puzzling, but as we've repeatedly stated: We are not and have not ever been in the make-excuses-for-Hackenberg camp. "Hackenberg showed little agility, balance or spatial awareness," Rang wrote. "Saturday was a humbling loss that should quiet talk (at least for now) that the junior quarterback should already be looking ahead to the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 6 - 4:27 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg completed 11-of-25 passes for 103 yards and an interception in Saturday's 27-10 loss to Temple.

Anybody who was hoping for a Hackenberg resurgence in 2015 might have to check their convictions, as Hack played abysmally in Saturday's loss to Temple. In addition to the interception and the depressing 4.1 YPA, the 6-foot-4, 212-pound junior was sacked a whopping 10 times. Some of these sacks were the fault of Penn's turnstile of an offensive line, but Hackenberg was not completely blameless. He's shown a consistent inability to unload the ball quickly.
Sep 5 - 7:11 PM

NFL Media analyst Chase Goodbread believes Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg needs to release the ball faster if he's going to fulfill his potential.

Said Goodbread, "There is a fine line between showing patience in the pocket waiting for receivers to come open, and showing no sense for the oncoming rush and the value of a throwaway." The writer cited former Alabama QB A.J. McCarron as an example of a quarterback who learned to get rid of the ball faster. Hackenberg has more talent than McCarron, but he threw 15 interceptions last season (to just 12 TD's) while completing only 55.8% of his passes. He'll need to make marked improvements if he's going to justify a high draft selection.
Aug 12 - 3:14 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis sees Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg as a candidate to go No. 1 overall.

"I see (a) guy who could be everything, I see a guy who could be the No. 1 pick in the draft," Davis said. Former Detroit Lions president Matt Millen made similar comments about Hackenberg recently. "This is going to be his last year, too," Millen said last month. "I don't see him staying four years. He is really talented. ... He's a top-five pick." We need to see improved decision-making before we're willing to agree.
Aug 11 - 6:37 PM

ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg spoke with one NFL scout who thinks Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg is "easily a top-five pick."

Even Penn State fans would say Hackenberg's play last year does not warrant a top five selection. Luckily, the NFL gets another year to evaluate. Hackenberg has a lot of "tools" that are displayed when making difficult throws many quarterbacks could not complete. Then there are instances of poor understanding of pressure or inaccurate throws downfield. We'd be interested to hear the scout's reasoning for the top five projection.
Source: ESPN
Aug 6 - 10:21 AM