The most logical answer to the question posed in the title of this article is yes, but it’s unknown whether or not Christian Hackenberg will be under center for Penn State once the 2013 season rolls around.
Head coach Bill O’Brien is very high on Hackenberg, as both a football player and a young man, but he said that he will have the chance to compete with the rest of the quarterbacks in camp to earn his starting role. O’Brien then went on to say that he does not expect to name a starting QB at the end of Spring practice. Of course, every incoming recruit has to beat out other players to earn playing time but many Nittany Lions fans believe that it is a forgone conclusion that Hackenberg will be their guy in 2013.
The No. 1 pocket passing recruit in the 2013 recruiting class will have to compete with Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson for playing time but if figures to be a quick competition with Hackenberg coming away with the starting role. He has all the traits to be a major D-I quarterback and Penn State can use him right away. He’s a tall QB, 6-foot-4, he has a very strong and accurate arm and has the ability to pick up O’Brien’s complex offensive scheme very quickly.
Whomever wins the starting quarterback position will not have to do it all by himself because they will have the ability to rely on a solid run game. Zach Zwinak finished last season with over 1,000 rushing yards with 904 of those yards coming in their rugged Big Ten conference games. It’s often said that the best asset a young quarterback can have is a good running game to back him up and that’s something Penn State can be optimistic about next season.
No matter what quarterback takes over for Penn State next season they will have plenty of work to do in order to sustain the momentum from the Nittany Lions’ strong finish in 2012.