Christian Hackenberg

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Christian Hackenberg
Penn State Nittany LionsNo. 14
Quarterback Freshman
Major: Undeclared (possibly business or communications)[1]
Date of birth: (1995-02-14) February 14, 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth: Lehighton, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career history
High school: Fork Union Military Academy
Career highlights and awards
  • 2013 5x Big Ten Freshman of the Week[2]
  • 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year[3]
  • 2013 Big Ten newcomer of the year by ESPN
  • 2013 True Freshman All-America Honors
  • 2013 ESPN Captain Big Ten All-Freshmen Team
Stats at

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.

Early years[edit]

Hackenberg attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit by ESPN,[4] and the second best pro-style quarterback recruit by[5]


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Christian Hackenberg
Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 4.84 Feb 29, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


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.[5] Scouted as a five-star recruit by and a four-star recruit by, Hackenberg was described as an accurate, drop-back passer with ample athleticism who has a high ceiling.[6]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2013, Hackenberg was named the team's starting quarterback.[7] 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-season record for passing yards by a freshman with 311 (previous record of 280 held by Zack Mills).[8] 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.[9]

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.


Season GP–GS Comp–Att Pct. Yards TD INT Long Avg/G
2013[10] 12–12 231–392 58.9 2,955 20 10 68 246.2
Totals 12–12 231–392 58.9 2,955 20 10 68 246.2


  1. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (August 20, 2012). "Penn State faithful keeping close watch on QB recruit Hackenberg". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "B1G Endorsements: Freshman of the Year". ESPN. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Moyer, Josh. "Hackenberg named B1G Freshman of the Year". ESPN. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Christian Hackenberg". Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. February 6, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Christian Hackenberg". Yahoo! Sports - Football Recruiting. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Christian Hackenberg - Scouting Report". Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN Insider (subscription required). ESPN Internet Ventures. February 6, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Moyer, Josh (August 30, 2013). "Penn State Nittany Lions to start Christian Hackenberg at QB". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hackenberg named Big Ten Freshman of Week". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. NBC Universal. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "2013 Big Ten Football Stats". Big Ten Conference. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

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