|Penn State Nittany Lions No. 14|
|Major||Undeclared (possibly business or communications)|
|High school||Fork Union Military Academy|
|Date of birth||February 14, 1995|
|Place of birth||Lehighton, Pennsylvania|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||234 lb (106 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at ESPN.com
Stats at Rivals.com
Christian Hackenberg (born February 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After playing high school football at Fork Union Military Academy, Hackenberg was a highly sought-after recruit, and committed to Penn State prior to the revealing of sanctions against the program in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, but ultimately stayed with the program, and won the starting quarterback job his freshman year.
Hackenberg attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit by ESPN, and the second best pro-style quarterback recruit by Rivals.com.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Fork Union, VA||Fork Union Military Academy||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||212 lb (96 kg)||4.84||Feb 29, 2012|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN grade: 88|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
Hackenberg committed to Penn State after being recruited by a tandem of Penn State coaches – quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Charles London, turning down offers from Alabama, UConn, Florida, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Scouted as a five-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, and the #2 Pro-Style Quarterback in the nation, Hackenberg was described as an accurate, drop-back passer with ample athleticism who has a high ceiling.
As a true freshman in 2013, Hackenberg was named the team's starting quarterback. In his first three games of the season, he twice earned Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week accolades, with a 72-percent completion percentage, 851 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, including a game against Eastern Michigan in which he set the Penn State single-game record for passing yards by a freshman with 311 (previous record of 280 held by Zack Mills). Coach Bill O'Brien commended Hackenberg's leadership of the team, noting that the team feeds off his calm demeanor, in contrast to O'Brien's fiery personality. He did note that Hackenberg makes some mistakes typical of younger players, but he is on the fast track to grasping O'Brien's complex offensive schemes.
Hackenberg broke one Penn State overall and 11 school freshman game or season passing and total offense records this year, including game (30) and season completions (231), game (340) and season passing yardage (2,955) and game (4) and season (20) touchdown passes. He also broke freshman marks for game (55) and season passing attempts (392) and the number of 200-yard (9) and 300-yard (4) passing games.
Through the end of the 2014 season, Hackenberg's statistics are as follows:
|NCAA Career Totals||24||24||401||876||5932||57.2||32||25||120.4||142||-162||-1.1||4|
Honors and accomplishments
- 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
- 5-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
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- Moyer, Josh (August 30, 2013). "Penn State Nittany Lions to start Christian Hackenberg at QB". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- "Hackenberg named Big Ten Freshman of Week". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. NBC Universal. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- Flounders, Bob (September 18, 2013). "The Big Easy: Calm, confident Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg making big strides early in his career". The Patriot News (Harrisburg, PA). Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "Christian Hackenberg". www.sports-reference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved December 1, 2014.