Penn State junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg opened his podium session at media day Thursday with a polite request:
“I know you guys have a job to do,” he said. “I also have a job to do, and that is to lead this Penn State football team.”
He went on to ask that no questions regarding his future be directed toward him.
Hackenberg has had a lot of attention in the offseason after being slated by scouts and analysts as a top pick in next year’s NFL draft.
He said he wants to “focus on the task ahead,” first and foremost by learning from the last season.
“There are a lot of ups and downs, and you're going to face adversity at times, but you have to fight through it and stay true to who you are.”
He said his comfort level as the season approaches is the same as the last, but he’s excited to see how his team has improved.
That includes a young set of receivers.
“The biggest adjustment for them is going to be consistency,” he said, but also noted he was excited to see their improvement.
Hackenberg also said he’s looking forward to seeing the offensive line perform this season, after being under immense scrutiny last year.
“I think this camp you’re going to see a group that’s extremely focused,” he said. “Everything they do this year, they’ve earned it.”