Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was named to his fourth preseason football watch list on Thursday when he was listed among the candidates for the Manning Award for the nation’s top collegiate quarterback.
The Manning Award, created just before the 2004 college football season to honor the accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, is the only quarterback award that includes the candidate’s bowl performances in its balloting and is presented after the conclusion of bowl season.
Hackenberg finished his sophomore season by breaking or tying nine Nittany Lion single-game bowl records. He has started all 25 career games under center and enters the season ranked No. 3 in career passing yards (5,932), attempts (876) and completions (501), and is No. 4 in career total offense (5,770).
Hackenberg also was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy this summer.
The Nittany Lions now have seven players on 12 different preseason watch lists: Kyle Carter (Mackey Award — nation’s top tight end), Christian Hackenberg (Maxwell Award — college football MVP; Davey O’Brien Award — nation’s top quarterback; Walter Camp Award – national player of the year; Manning Award – Nation’s Top Quarterback), DaeSean Hamilton (Maxwell Award — College Football MVP; Biletnikoff Award – nation’s top wde receiver), Jordan Lucas (Nagurski Trophy — defensive player of the year), Akeel Lynch (Doak Walker Award – nation’s top running back), Angelo Mangiro (Rimmington Trophy – nation’s top center) and Anthony Zettel (Bednarik Award – national defensive player of the year; Nagurski Trophy — defensive player of the year; Outland Trophy — nation’s top interior lineman; Lombardi Award – nation’s top lineman or linebacker).