Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg declares for NFL draft

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has declared for the NFL draft.
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Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg declared for the NFL draft in the wake of the Nittany Lions’ 24–17 loss to Georgia in Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl.

Hackenberg, seen as a potential high draft pick, announced his decision after the game, as many expected. “I don’t really know how it’s going to turn out, but all I know is...every time I had an opportunity to represent the university and the football program, I tried to do it to the best of my ability,” he told reporters, reflecting on his career. “It was an honor to be part of such a special group of guys and do something at such a special place.

Hackenberg, a junior, injured his throwing shoulder and left Saturday’s game in the second quarter. Hackenberg completed 8 of 14 passes for 139 yards with an interception.

The quarterback entered Saturday’s game with 8,318 career passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his three seasons at Penn State.

Jeremy Woo