Penn State freshmen recruits Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman were the crown jewels to Bill O’Brien’s recruiting class will be the future of the Nittany Lions offense.
It’s not exactly going out on a limb to suggest that the two 4-star recruits who were rated as the best at their positions (quarterback and tight end, respectively will have a big part of the team’s success in the next 3-5 years, but I think this duo will be the best quarterback-tight end tandem at State College since Kerry Collins and Kyle Brady.
That duo was a large part why Penn State went undefeated in 1994, and the two would both become top-10 picks in the NFL draft after standout careers in Happy Valley.
I predict that the two will experience similar stardom for Penn State, and they will be the primary reasons why the team will emerge from the dark shadows that have hung over the program. Their signing with Penn State was just a glimpse into the potential high profile recruits that will come to play for O’Brien.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Breneman enrolled early, and will be a big factor in the passing game as a true freshman. He can open up the middle of the field and stretch opposing defenses, which in turn will open up room for the running backs. He may not start right away, but he will have as big of an impact as any other receiver.
I’m unsure at the moment if Hackenberg will be the starter for week one this season since he did not enroll early and can’t take part in spring practice. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 6-foot-4, 215-pound rifle-armed quarterback impress O’Brien in the summer, and demand the starting job based on his play in practice.
The fans want to see Hackenberg on the field, and it’s only a matter of time before he and Breneman are threatening records once held by Collins and Brady.
If they go undefeated like they did in 1994, then they’ll be legends in Happy Valley.