Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 16, 2015
Rated as a five-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, Christian Hackenberg’s arrival at Penn State was met with lofty expectations. After earning the starting quarterback job as a true freshman, Hackenberg was set to fill those expectations. Hackenberg’s natural talent coupled with a NFL-caliber offensive mind and quarterback developer Bill O’Brien as his head coach made Hackenberg’s future bright as can be.
After Hackenberg’s freshman season where he showed flashes of brilliance, Bill O’Brien left Penn State to become the head coach of the Houston Texans. This was a major blow to Hackenberg’s development. While the numbers do not tell the whole story, a positive leap forward in production certainly did not happen in his sophomore season.
2013: 58.9 completion percentage, 7.5 yards per attempt, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions
2014: 55.8 completion percentage, 6.2 yards per attempt, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions
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