Bill O’Brien Reaffirms Commitment to Hackenberg, Addresses Hull Injury

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Bill O’Brien sat down for a short chat with the Big Ten Network yesterday, shedding some light on Christian Hackenberg’s debut performance and Mike Hull’s injury status.

“It’s really unique when you have an 18-year-old guy — basically four months ago this guy was at his senior prom — here’s a guy who comes in as a freshman…and is able to pick up the amount of offense that he was able to pick up,” O’Brien said about Hackenberg. “At the end of the day, you have a guy who has a really bright future and we’re happy to have him here.”

When O’Brien was asked if Hackenberg will be the quarterback going forward, he simply responded, “Yes.”

O’Brien also addressed LB Mike Hull’s injury that forced him out of the game on Saturday.

“I think Mike will be fine,” O’Brien said. “We’re still checking him out and it’s day to day but I’d say he’s probable for Eastern Michigan.”

Here’s the entire interview:

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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