His college career has spanned all of three weeks, yet Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg seems to be succeeding at contrasting goals.
His grasp of the Nittany Lions' offense already has resulted in some gaudy passing statistics and a quick ascension to his role as one of the team's leaders. He said his ability to keep his head down on campus and be recognized only as a regular student is another test at which he is passing.
"I'm here doing the same things everyone else is, just trying to get an education," Hackenberg said. "But I just play football as well."
Fairly well, too. Penn State is 2-1 with Hackenberg under center, and he faces another winnable test Saturday, vs. Kent State (1-2).