Christian Hackenberg Has Uneven Debut in American Football Alliance

By Nick Polak on February 11, 2019 at 9:37 am
May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) answers questions from media during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center.
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In case you missed it, the new American Football Alliance (AAF) held its inaugural weekend of this past weekend. As a result, Sunday brought something that Penn State fans have been excited/curious to see for some time now- Christian Hackenberg starting in a professional football game.

Unfortunately, things didn't go terribly well for the former five-star recruit and current starting quarterback for the Memphis Express. He finished 10-for-23 with 87 yards, an interception, and a single five-yard rush. Still, the box score doesn't truly tell the story of the game for Hackenberg. His receivers routinely let him down with at least four drops, including one on a perfectly thrown pass between the coverage that would have gone for a touchdown had the receiver held on.

Head coach Mike Singletary also dialed up a perfect trick play in which Hackenberg threw an absolute dime for what would have been a touchdown, but it was called back on an illegal formation penalty.

Still, Hackenberg also had his fair share of mistakes, over and underthrowing a few receivers. The Birmingham Iron defense was flying all over the field, and even with the very restricted blitzing rules in the league, was able to generate consistent pressure on Hack. Hopefully, the Express offense will be able to generate a bit more consistency next weekend when they take on the Arizona Hotshots on Saturday.

In other Penn State news, Deion Barnes and the San Antonio Commanders played on Saturday and defeated the San Antonio Fleet by a final of 15-6. Barnes did not register any stats. The Commanders will next face Orlando Apollos on Sunday.

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