When Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg announced his decision to forego his final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, many noted his lack of public gratitude, especially towards his head coach James Franklin.
It could have been much to do about nothing, except for the fact Hackenberg thanked former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien.
Now, Franklin has come out and said that Hackenberg called him the day after declaring, and the two had a very good conversation according to the coach.
Penn State coach James Franklin said he and Christian Hackenberg talked day after TaxSlayer Bowl. Both sides "very appreciative"
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) January 23, 2016
Hackenberg showed great potential his freshman year under O’Brien, leading many to think he was a top NFL prospect in the making. However after O’Brien’s departure Hackenberg failed to show much progress under Franklin. Some of that was due to a porous offensive line, leaving Hackenberg to find himself on his back more often that preferred.
As for who will be Penn State’s quarterback moving forward, Trace McSorely showed promise filling in for Hackenberg in the Nittany Lions’ loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl. That experience should help speed the transition up considerably next year.
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