One of the nation's most highly-rated prep quarterbacks, Christian Hackenberg enrolled at Penn State in June and won the starting assignment in training camp. He became just the second Penn State true freshman quarterback since 1911 to start the first game of the season. Hackenberg showed a strong arm and was a quick learner of the Nittany Lions' complex offense during fall camp. He threw for nearly 5,500 yards and 55 touchdowns in three season at Fork Union Military Academy.
An Under Armour All-American, Hackenberg was rated as the top pocket passing quarterback in the country during his senior season at Fork Union Military Academy, playing for head coach Brian Hurlocker. He helped the Blue Devils to the 2010 VISAA Division I State Championship as a sophomore and a state runner-up finish as a senior in 2012. Hackenberg was a VISAA Division I First Team All-State performer as a senior and was invited to "The Opening", an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus. Additionally, he was a 2012 Elite 11 Finalist. He threw for 5,473 yards, tossing 55 touchdowns and completing over 50 percent of his passes as a prep. As a senior, he threw for 2,144 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also rushing for 436 yards and three scores. He set career-highs in with 2,164 yards passing and 171 completions during his junior season with 20 touchdown throws and he threw for 1,165 yards and 11 scores as a sophomore. Hackenberg was rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com and a four-star recruit by ESPN.com.
Full name is Christian Hackenberg. He is the son of Erick and Nicole Hackenberg. He has three brothers, Brandon, Adam and Drue. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing. Intends on majoring in communications. Born February 14, 1995 in Lehighton, Pa.