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Hackenberg Assists At Manning Passing Academy

A week after instructing prospective college quarterbacks at the Elite 11 Finals, Christian Hackenberg flew down south to the Manning Passing Academy to teach even more young passers. Hosted by the Manning family in Louisiana, Penn State’s quarterback worked with 36 other college players and the Mannings to teach attendees the ins and outs of tossing the pigskin.

USA Today reported that Hackenberg spent his free time asking five-time NFL MVP Peyton for advice in maximizing his fitness and technique.

“I wanted to find out about what he does on a weekly basis in terms of how he prepares, how he breaks up his time, how he watches film, and those types of things,” Hackenberg said.

“[The camp was] an awesome experience,” Hackenberg added. “Whatever it was, they (Peyton and Eli) were answering the questions honestly. It was great, just being able to talk ball.”

With the college game drifting towards dual-threat quarterbacks while the pros still prefer pocket passers, Hackenberg was one of the most fitting candidates to instruct alongside the calculated, slightly immobile Manning brothers.

The sporting community’s consensus is that Hackenberg will be a very high NFL Draft pick whenever he decides to declare — probably after this season, but there’s a chance he stays for his senior year.

Former Manning Passing Academy counselor Andrew Luck was the man who replaced Peyton Manning under center in Indianapolis — come a year from now, we’ll see if Hackenberg will be the one competing against the greatest quarterback to ever do it.

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Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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