Christian Hackenberg explains comments to teams about James Franklin
Dan asked NFL Draft prospect Christian Hackenberg about the report he blames coach James Franklin for his woes last season at Penn State.
“I basically went into every interview and said the overruling theme was that it was just different,” Hackenberg said. “I was very focused on making sure that they knew that I was focused and ready to take this step to the next level. When I was in the interviews, I just said it was different, explained the differences and continued to just be very focused on the future. And doing what I know I need to be the best professional quarterback that I can be. ….
“At the end of the day, I’ve never done it. I’ve never pointed a finger. I owned everything I put on tape, and I made sure the coaches knew that in interviews. I know exactly what I need to do to get better. Coach Franklin wasn’t the one pulling the trigger, I was. So I think that would just be an asinine statement for me to go in there and say that.”