Penn State Football: Ficken and Hackenberg Bring In Week One Big Ten Honors
That didn't take long.
Penn State Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday morning and placekicker Sam Ficken was rewarded with Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Ficken was selected the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in his career. Ficken was awarded the honor after last year's overtime win over Wisconsin, when he hit the game-winning field goal. Ficken continued his streak of 10 consecutive field goals this past weekend adding three more kicks of 36, 35 and 46 yards in the win over Syracuse. His career-long 46-yard connection early in the fourth quarter gave the Nittany Lions a 16-10 lead. Four of Ficken's six kickoffs were recorded as touchbacks.
Hackenberg was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after directing Penn State to the win over the Orange in his first collegiate start. In the second half against the Orange, Hackenberg was 11 of 16 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Hackenberg also became the 27th different quarterback in school history to post a 200-yard passing game, falling only three yards shy of setting the single-game school passing record for a freshman.
Penn State will play its next three games at home before starting conference play on the road at Indiana.