Penn State quarterback commit salutes Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien's selection as Big Ten coach of the year by both conference coaches and the media drew praise from Christian Hackenberg, a Penn State commitment and one of the most highly sought-after high school quarterbacks in the country.

Hackenberg, who just wrapped up his senior season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, said on Twitter: "Much deserved recognition for coach O'Brien. Just another reason why I cannot wait to play for him."

Hackenberg, who has "Nittany Lion for life" on his Twitter bio page, is expected to come in next season and compete for the starting quarterback job should he sign his national letter of intent with Penn State as expected in February.

--Joe Juliano