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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 set school records for completions and yards passing by completing 34-of-50 attempts for 371 yards in Saturday's 31-30 overtime Pinstripe Bowl win versus Boston College.
Hackenberg also threw for four touchdowns, tying a school record, in earning MVP honors. The firework show and record writing began early, as Hackenberg tied another program record -- this one for longest scoring pass -- with a 72-yard TD strike to Chris Godwin down the right hash with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter. Hackenberg struggled throughout the season, clearly regressing from his true freshman season, but he'll head into the winter coming off arguably his most impressive collegiate performance. In this game, he displayed all the tools scouts have pointed to in calling him a potential top-five overall talent, including a howitzer arm to push the ball downfield, the velocity to fit the ball into tight windows, toughness in the pocket, accuracy, and an underrated ability to evade pressure. Penn State's maligned offensive line played a little better in this game, and there is hope that the unit will be far better in 2015. Sun, Dec 28, 2014 03:14:00 PM

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Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg didn't make Scout Inc.'s list of the most intriguing non-draft eligible prospects.

Ouch. "Hackenberg made our list last year, and is blessed with excellent physical tools. While he admittedly did not get much help from a struggling offensive line, his mechanics and decision-making skills took a significant dip this year, and he ended the regular season with 15 interceptions and just eight touchdown passes," wrote Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. We second this assessment. While he has first-round talent, Hackenberg simply didn't play up to his ability this season.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:13:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 21 of 45 attempts for 195 yards and one interception in the school's 34-10 loss to Michigan State.

There are many excuses: play calling, offensive line, lack of weapons, etc. If you only point to those and do not recognize Hackenberg's poor play as well, than you are not being honest. He is in a poor situation, but Hackenberg is not elevating it. We repeat ourselves every week, but the expectations placed on Hackenberg this offseason were unfair.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg's father declined to discuss a rumor that his son might want to transfer.

"I won't even touch that," Erick Hackenberg said. " ... I don't really have a comment on that at all. I think that's a lot of conjecture. ... It's the outside, looking in. Out of respect to Coach (James) Franklin and the team, out of respect to Christian and everybody else, that's not fair to a lot of people, so I'm not going to touch that. That's something that doesn't even need to be talked about at this point. He loves being at Penn State." Hackenberg is suffering through a rough season, and he's undoubtedly stuck in a rotten situation, with a poor running game and a worse offensive line, but transferring would be a gigantic mistake. He's a respected prospect who could easily rehabilitate his stock next season and bolt immediately thereafter.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 06:11:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 8 of 16 attempts for 93 yards and a touchdown in the school's 16-14 loss to Illinois.

Do we have to repeat ourselves? We have read some blaming the offensive line for Hackenberg's poor play this season while citing sack totals. That is not fair to the offensive line, as Hackenberg is the reason for so many of the sacks. It might not be a situation that many could succeed in, but right now Hackenberg is not one of them.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg continued his downward trend, completing 12 of 26 attempts for 112 yards and two interceptions in the school's 30-13 win over Temple.

Hackenberg's first interception occurred on a deflection after throwing behind his receiver. The second was even worse after throwing off his back foot after holding the ball too long. Some will continue to blame the offensive line, but Hackenberg has not been good when isolating his performances. In fact, the two sacks in the second quarter are squarely on his shoulders. Maybe Hackenberg is not really regressing, perhaps we are just getting the real picture on his evaluation. Next season will be telling.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:41:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 12 of 29 attempts for 168 yards and two interceptions in the school's 13-7 win over Indiana.

We say the same thing every week, so we will spare you from the Hackenberg criticism and the criticism for those that put unrealistic expectations on him. That is not to say Hackenberg can't be good, because he can, he just has not sustained it this season.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 18 of 42 attempts for 177 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 20-19 loss to Maryland.

Many have discussed Hackenberg's drop off in play this season compared to 2013. Is it the offensive line's fault? Is it because Bill O'Brien jumped to the NFL? Maybe the lack of Allen Robinson? We think these play a part, but Hackenberg does too. For example, perhaps O'Brien was very good at masking Hackenberg's flaws, which is what good coaches do. But if that is the case, many jumped the gun in declaring Hackenberg a future No. 1 pick. This is all part of his development, and we will withhold evaluating his NFL potential until this summer.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 31-of-49 attempts for 224 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 31-24 double-overtime loss to Ohio State.

Hackenberg won't get much national credit for it, but he's been downright heroic in standing tough in the pocket behind one of the nation's worst offensive lines this year. Defensive coordinators, looking to take advantage and not keen on allowing Hackenberg to beat them, send waves of pressure. If Hackenberg can get through this season with his body and confidence in one piece, there are going to be plenty of teams praying he opts into the draft after next season.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 10:10:00 PM

PennLive.com's Greg Pickel reports that Penn State's offense is on track to surrender 40 sacks this fall."

So far this season, the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Hackenberg has been sacked 20 times, or basically just over three times a game. The Penn State prospect has been pressured on nearly 10 percent more of his dropbacks than a year ago, according to an ESPN.com report. In Penn State's 18-13 win against Michigan last weekend, Hackenberg was sacked six times.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 03:54:00 PM

Penn State head coach James Franklin is not concerned about sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg getting frustrated.

You could forgive Hackenberg -- who has been sacked 20 times already -- for being a bit perturbed. He's playing behind a paper-thin offensive line that has been brutalized by two full years of sanctions. "He’s frustrated and we’re all looking at ourselves and things that we can do better," Franklin said. "But he’s been really good, he’s been really good with his teammates, he’s been really good with the coaches." Penn State has a bye this weekend, allowing the star QB to get healthy for next weekend's primetime matchup versus Ohio State at Beaver Stadium.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 21-of-32 attempts for 160 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a loss to Michigan on Saturday.

Earlier this season, Hackenberg was the talk of college football. The 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year was called "the top QB in college football" in September by a veteran AFC scout and NFL.com wrote that he was "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks. In the middle of last month, Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple said Hackenberg would be the No. 1 overall pick when he entered the draft. Over his last three games, however, Hackenberg has completed 53 percent of his passes just once, hasn't thrown for even 220 yards, and has posted a 1/2 TD/INT rate. Overall, he owns an ugly 5/7 TD/INT rate. Hackenberg is extremely gifted, but he needs time to develop those gifts. Fortunately, he'll be back in Happy Valley next season to do just that.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 01:17:00 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg hasn't been as accurate or shown as much poise as was anticipated in his 2014 season.

Hackenberg was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and has been discussed as possibly the best quarterback in the country in regards to future pro potential. As NFL.com's Bucky Brooks notes, though, Hackenberg is only completing 57.9% of his throws. Not what you'd hope for from a future No. 1 pick. Brooks does include the caveat that it is "completely reasonable to expect a young quarterback to struggle a bit while adjusting to a new coaching staff." Even still, performances like Hackenberg's 216 yard, no touchdown game against Northwestern have put him on thinner draft ice than you might have expected as he entered his sophomore campaign.
Source: nfl.com
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg completed 22 of 45 attempts for 216 yards and an interception in the school's 29-6 loss to Northwestern.

Even the biggest Hackenberg supporters would admit the quarterback does not look as good as he did under Bill O'Brien. The interception was a fourth quarter pick six. There really is not a point in comparing Hackenberg to Andrew Luck or other recent quarterback prospects as he isn't draft-eligible. The opinions should be formed this summer.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 03:53:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 09:56:00 PM