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Christian Hackenberg | Quarterback

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

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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. Aug 13 - 11:40 AM
Source: ESPN

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Date:'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."
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'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.
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

Penn State will start true freshman QB Christian Hackenberg, according to ESPN's Josh Moyer.

The Nittany Lions open against Syracuse. Senior Matt McGloin, now with the Raiders, started for the school last season, so Hackenberg is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He should have some nice tools to work with in receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Kyle Carter.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:30:00 PM

Penn State second year QB coach Charlie Fisher has high expectations for incoming true freshman Christian Hackenberg.

With Matt McGloin moving on to the NFL, Hackenberg will compete for the starting job with sophomore Tyler Ferguson. "He comes here with a lot of expectations," Fisher said of Hackenberg. "He'll do a good job handling that. He's mature beyond his years."
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 11:25:00 AM