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Christian Hackenberg

Christian Hackenberg
Penn State Nittany Lions No. 14
Position Quarterback
Class Junior
Major Communications[1]
Career history
High school Fork Union Military Academy
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-02-14) February 14, 1995
Place of birth Lehighton, Pennsylvania
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 234 lb (106 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2013 5x Big Ten Freshman of the Week[2]
  • 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year[3]
  • 2013 Big Ten newcomer of the year by ESPN
  • 2013 True Freshman All-America Honors
  • 2013 ESPN Captain Big Ten All-Freshmen Team
  • 2014 Pinstripe Bowl MVP
  • Stats at
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Christian Hackenberg (born February 14, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After playing high school football at Fork Union Military Academy, Hackenberg was a highly sought-after recruit, and committed to Penn State prior to the revealing of sanctions against the program in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, but ultimately stayed with the program, and won the starting quarterback job his freshman year.


  • Early years 1
  • Recruiting 2
  • College career 3
    • Statistics 3.1
  • Honors and accomplishments 4
    • College honors 4.1
      • Full-season awards 4.1.1
      • Weekly awards 4.1.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Hackenberg attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit by ESPN,[4] and the second best pro-style quarterback recruit by[5]


Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Christian Hackenberg
Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 4.84 Feb 29, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Hackenberg committed to Penn State after being recruited by a tandem of Penn State coaches – quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Charles London, turning down offers from Alabama, UConn, Florida, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.[5] Scouted as a five-star recruit by both and, and the #2 Pro-Style Quarterback in the nation, Hackenberg was described as an accurate, drop-back passer with ample athleticism who has a high ceiling.[6]

College career

As a true freshman in 2013, Hackenberg was named the team's starting quarterback.[7] In his first three games of the season, he twice earned Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week accolades, with a 72-percent completion percentage, 851 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, including a game against Eastern Michigan in which he set the Penn State single-game record for passing yards by a freshman with 311 (previous record of 280 held by Zack Mills).[8] Coach Bill O'Brien commended Hackenberg's leadership of the team, noting that the team feeds off his calm demeanor, in contrast to O'Brien's fiery personality. He did note that Hackenberg makes some mistakes typical of younger players, but he is on the fast track to grasping O'Brien's complex offensive schemes.[9]

Hackenberg broke one Penn State overall and 11 school freshman game or season passing and total offense records this year, including game (30) and season completions (231), game (340) and season passing yardage (2,955) and game (4) and season (20) touchdown passes. He also broke freshman marks for game (55) and season passing attempts (392) and the number of 200-yard (9) and 300-yard (4) passing games.


Through Week 8 of the 2015 season, Hackenberg's statistics are as follows:[10]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Penn State Nittany Lions
Season Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2013 12 12 231 392 2,955 58.9 20 10 134.0 49 -68 -1.4 4
2014 13 13 270 484 2,977 55.8 12 15 109.4 93 -94 -1.0 0
2015 8 8 107 206 1,521 51.9 11 02 129.6 44 -66 -1.5 2
NCAA Career Totals 33 33 608 1082 7,453 56.2 43 27 122.2 186 -228 -1.2 6

Honors and accomplishments

College honors

Full-season awards

  • 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Weekly awards

  • 5-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week


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External links

  • Christian Hackenberg on Twitter
  • Penn State profile
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