For the fifth time this season, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been named Freshman of the Week in the Big Ten Conference. His stellar performance in the Nittany Lions’ upset victory at Wisconsin ended his freshman season on a high note and set the tone for a very bright future ahead.
In a tough road environment against one of the top defenses in the nation, Hackenberg played his best game of the season. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 339 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes. He put up his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season, which ties the Penn State record.
For the season, Hackenberg finished with 2,955 yards passing and 20 touchdowns. The passing yards place him third on the Penn State list for yards in a single season. Daryll Clark tops that list with his 3,003 yards that he put up in 2009.
When comparing Hackenberg to the rest of the Big Ten, it’s easy to see that he stacks up well against the competition. He finished third in the Big Ten, averaging 246.2 yards a game. His total yards put him third the conference while his touchdowns tied for second overall.
After being a top prospect coming out of Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia last year, Hackenberg certainly lived up to the hype. With a full offseason to develop, the sky is the limit for the young signal-caller. Looking ahead to next season, many of his offensive weapons should still be around. However, top target Allen Robinson, one of the best receivers in the nation, could leave early for the NFL Draft.
The good news for Penn State is that Hackenberg looks the part of a great collegiate quarterback. The bad news is that they now have to wait a year to see him take the field again for the Nittany Lions.
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