True Freshman Broke 10 Penn State Freshman Passing Records; Second Consecutive Nittany Lion To Earn Honor
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., December 3, 2013 -- Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Palmyra, Va.) has been named the Big Ten Conference’s Thompson-Randel El Freshman of the Year, giving the Nittany Lions consecutive winners of the honor.
Hackenberg was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Week five times this season, including each of the past two weeks, the second-highest total for a player since the award began in 2010. Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes (Philadelphia) was the conference’s 2012 Freshman of the Year. They join tailback Curtis Enis (1995) as Nittany Lions to be selected the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, which is named for Darrell Thompson (Minnesota) and Antwaan Randel El (Indiana).
Hackenberg joins three players from Coach Bill O’Brien’s squad who were named first-team All-Big Ten on Monday, as well as nine Penn State players who received honorable-mention all-conference honors. Hackenberg, junior Allen Robinson, the two-time Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, and seven of the nine honorable-mention selections return for the 2014 campaign. Read more: Penn State Quarterback Hackenberg Selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year