Is it crazy to say that an offense that had a quarterback who threw 3,000- yards would be better the season after that quarterback left?
Probably, but it is a definite possibility with Penn State, who has one of the best quarterback prospects in the past couple of years having a shot at the starting job in 2013, replacing Matt McGloin.
Christian Hackenberg is the quarterback that could be the future of the program and with high hopes, especially coach Bill O’Brien, he could come in and make an impact right away.
O’Brien has said before that he will be at Penn State for the 2013 season and that is his main focus at the moment. However, he never said anything about seasons after that. I’m not saying that he will definitely leave after 2013, but there is always that chance.
If there is a chance that O’Brien leaves, he would want his top quarterback prospect to lead his team to a solid season and show what the hype is about.
Hackenberg was the top quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class according to 247Sports, and one of the most highly-touted players to choose Penn State in recent years.
McGloin threw for over 3,200 yards, 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2012 while completing over 60 percent of his passes — all career-highs. Hackenberg has a chance to achieve those numbers in his first couple of seasons if given the opportunity, and could go down as one of the best quarterbacks in a Nittany Lions’ jersey in recent memory.