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Hackenberg wins second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

The Big Ten honors Hackenberg for the second time this season.

Hackenberg wins second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

 Despite the Penn State defense’s anemic game against Central Florida, quarterback Christian Hackenberg won Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.

Hackenberg threw 21-for-28 with a touchdown in the Nittany Lions’ 34-31 loss to the Knights. For the first time this season, the true freshman did not turn the ball over.

The former high school All-American linked with wide receiver Allen Robinson for several big plays Saturday to keep Penn State in the contest. Hackenberg showed poise beyond his years as the Lions climbed the comeback trail for most of the game. However, his defense ceded points drive after drive.

Hackenberg also opened the 2013 season as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, passing for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He now holds a 71.7 completion percentage for 851 yards on the season.

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The one week Hackenberg didn’t win the award was against Eastern Michigan, when his 311 passing yards broke Zack Mills’ freshman record for passing yards in a game.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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