Christian Hackenberg Takes Three More National Honors
The awards keep rolling in for Christian Hackenberg.
The freshman quarterback was placed on a trio of Freshman second-team All-American squads by Athlon Sports, college football blogger Phil Steele, and CollegeFootballNews.com. He was also previously named as the first-team Freshman quarterback by 247Sports.
Hackenberg is no stranger to these honors, especially from Athlon Sports. The site named him National Freshman of the Week two times this year, most recently after his 339-yard, four touchdown performance during a 31-24 win against Wisconsin on the road in the final game of the season.
Hackenberg earned numerous Big Ten-related accolades as well. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times, the second most since the honor’s 2010 inception. Additionally, he procured Big Ten Freshman of the Year recognitions from both ESPN.com and BTN.com.
Hackenberg, the 2013 Big Ten Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year, had a stellar first year under center for the Nittany Lions. The Fork Union Military Academy product completed 231 of 392 passes for 2,955 yards along with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Number 14 essentially rewrote most of the freshman passing record book at Penn State. He set new records in single game completions (30) and season completions (231) as well as single game yardage (340) and total season yardage (2,955) for a freshman. His nine 200-yard passing games in one season placed third on Penn State’s all-time list behind only Kerry Collins and Matt McGloin, both of whom went on to play professionally.
Most excitingly, a likely-to-be-improved Hackenberg and most of his receiving corps will be back next year, inaugurating the 2014 season on August 30 vs. UCF in Dublin, Ireland at the Croke Park Classic.