Hackenberg Named to Third Preseason Watch List
The accolades just keep coming in.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, widely regarded as a future top-NFL Draft pick, still has at least one more season at Penn State. It’s expected to be quite a good one, as he was named to his third preseason award watch list this morning. Hackenberg was already on the Maxwell Award (College Football MVP) and Davey O’Brien (nation’s top quarterback) watch lists, and is now among the candidates for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.
After a shaky sophomore season under a new coach and beaten-up offensive line, Hackenberg will try to carry the momentum from his Pinstripe Bowl performance into the 2015 season. The rest of the NCAA as well as the NFL have their eyes on Hackenberg, and with improved personnel in the passing game, another year in the James Franklin system, and a weak schedule, he’s poised for what should be a great season.
The Walter Camp Award’s namesake is known as the “Father of College Football,” and it has been given to two Nittany Lions in the past — John Cappelletti in 1973 and Larry Johnson in 2002. With Hackenberg’s addition to the watch list, Penn State now has seven players on 11 watch lists. The Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists in November before being awarded in December.