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Christian Hackenberg Underwhelms In AAF Debut

Folks, he’s back again.

Christian Hackenberg appeared for his latest team Sunday night, playing for the Memphis Express in the newly formed Alliance of American Football. The Express faced off against the Birmingham Iron in their first official game of the inaugural season.

Hackenberg, taken in the second round of the league’s quarterbacks draft at 15th overall, was given the starting nod over other competition including former Tennessee Titans starter Zach Mettenberger and Troy stud Brandon Silvers.

The debut didn’t go as planned, though. Reports of his repaired throwing motion seem to have been greatly exaggerated as throw after throw bounced off the turf or went wide out of bounds. By halftime, the former Penn State quarterback was 3-11 for a total of 20 yards.

He finished the 26-0 loss with just 10 completions off 23 attempts, racking up all of 87 yards and tallying an interception.

One bright spot came in the fourth quarter as a trick play throw from Hackenberg found Kayaune Ross in the end zone… only to be nullified by an illegal formation penalty. It didn’t count, but like so many times before, shades of that once five-star recruit shined through.

Silvers checked in for Hackenberg for the final minutes, throwing a pick.

Hackenberg and the Express will get a shot at redemption next Saturday against the Arizona Hotshots.

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Ryan Haines

Ryan is a senior majoring in Economics with a minor in German. Hailing from Lancaster, PA you might be surprised to hear that he is not Amish. Reach out with questions and comments at [email protected] or on Twitter @HyanRaines.

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