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Penn State Football: Hackenberg Named To Davey O'Brien Watch List

by on July 16, 2014 11:00 AM

Christian Hackenberg can add another preseason watch list to his resume as the sophomore gunslinger has been named to the 33-player watch list for the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The award is given to the nation's top quarterback.

 Hackenberg is one of just seven sophomores listed on the O’Brien Award watch list and is also among the preseason candidates for the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation’s college football player of the year.

Penn State boasts two past recipients of the prestigious O'Brien Award - Todd Blackledge (1982) and Kerry Collins (1994). Michael Robinson (2005) and Daryll Clark (2009) are Penn State's most recent semifinalist for the award.

Hackenberg already has one honor to his name, winning the 2013 Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year, becoming the second-straight Nittany Lion to win the award, with defensive end Deion Barnes doing so in 2012.

During his freshman season Hackenberg completed 231 of 392 passes for 2,955 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. Hackenberg also ran for four touchdowns and accumulated 2,887 yards of total offense, an average of 240.6 ypg.

The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 24. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 11.

The Nittany Lions now have six players on seven different preseason watch lists: Kyle Carter (Mackey Award – Nation’s Top Tight End), Christian Hackenberg (Maxwell Award – College Football MVP, O’Brien Award – Nation’s Top Quarterback), Mike Hull (Butkus – Nation’s Top Linebacker). Jesse James (Mackey Award – Nation’s Top Tight End), Jordan Lucas (Bednarik – Defensive Player of the Year, Thorpe – Nation’s Top Defensive Back) and Donovan Smith (Outland Trophy - Nation's Top Interior Lineman).

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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