Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg now has the official title to prove how great his first season as the Penn State signal-caller really was. It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that on Tuesday, Hackenberg was named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times this season, which ranks second since the award’s inception in 2010.
This is the second-straight year that a Penn State player has won Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Last season, defensive lineman Deion Barnes took home the honor. Curtis Enis, who won it in 1995, is the only other Penn State player to win the award.
Hackenberg had a great season at Penn State, guiding the Nittany Lions to a seven-win season. Two of the victories came over ranked opponents, Michigan and Wisconsin. The freshman really made a name for himself on the national scene when he led the Nittany Lions on a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter against the Wolverines.
He finished the year with 2,955 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.
Along with the honor announced on Tuesday, Hackenberg was also named as an All-Big Ten honorable mention on Monday.
Hackenberg can celebrate his awards with some fellow teammates. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, offensive lineman John Urschel and defensive lineman DaQuan Jones were all named to the All-Big Ten team. Robinson also won the Big Ten Receiver of the Year award.
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