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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.
Oct 17 - 3:54 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.
Oct 14 - 10:31 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.
Oct 13 - 1:17 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
Sep 29 - 5:59 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.
Sep 27 - 3:53 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.
Sep 20 - 9:56 PM

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 sitting athletic director in the Big Ten told NFL.com over the summer that Penn State would join Ohio State as a co-team-to-beat in the conference once it had a couple non-sanctioned recruiting classes under its belt.

The NCAA, of course, restored Penn State's full allotment of scholarships for next season and lifted the school's bowl ban on Monday, leading to a huge celebration on the streets of campus. This is what NFL.com's trio of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis had to say about the AD's assertion that the Nittany Lions will soon join the Buckeyes as "haves" in the Big 10: "That's a strong statement given the way Michigan State has positioned itself as a Big Ten powerhouse and how Wisconsin seems to always be in the mix, but we could see things playing out the way the source foresees. Ohio and Pennsylvania are two very high-powered states for football, which pays off in recruiting for those state schools. They both have great bases to build from, and great recruiters at head coach in Urban Meyer and James Franklin."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 9:56 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 junior TE Jesse James caught two passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 21-3 win over Akron.

James suffered a minor shoulder injury last week, but he definitely looked healthy in this contest. James' first touchdown occurred on a curl route in the redzone and powered through three defenders for the score. The second went for 44 yards, as no one covered James as he rumbled in for the score. James is all power after the catch, but it works.
Sep 6 - 4:05 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

The Sporting News reports that Penn State could have their postseason ban lifted before the 2015 season.

"Two sources within the NCAA say Penn State, if it continues to 'reach and go beyond' benchmarks set by the NCAA in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, will have a 'strong case' to get its final year of postseason probation lifted," wrote Matt Hayes. "As early as next week, George Mitchell, Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor, will release his second annual report on the state of the university’s athletics programs. The NCAA last year restored some scholarships after Mitchell’s first report that, according to one NCAA source, 'reached well beyond expectations.'" Amongst a laundry list of penalties, Penn State was issued a four-year postseason ban prior to the 2012 season. It wouldn't be a surprise if the NCAA lifted the last year of that ban for good behavior.
Aug 27 - 6:42 PM


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