Former Penn State quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Christian Hackenberg will appear on Jon Gruden's QB Camp on ESPN, the network and university both announced today. Hackenberg will be one of seven quarterbacks to appear on the program.
Since 2010, the former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst has hosted a quarterback camp in Orlando on behalf of ESPN aptly named Gruden's QB Camp. On the program, Gruden works with NFL-bound quarterbacks on form on a practice field, analyzes tape of each prospect, and interviews each of them extensively to glean insight into their understanding of the position.
Gruden, of course, is famous for his work as color commentator for ESPN's Monday Night Football. Partnered with Mike Tirico for a number of years (as well as with Ron Jaworski when they opted for a three-man booth), Gruden has become well-known for his bizarre vocabulary and turns of phrase, as well his extremely positive attitude. Despite annual rumors linking Gruden to open head coaching jobs, he has remained on Monday Night Football and will be covering his eighth season in 2016.
Here is what Gruden had to say about Hackenberg:
"He’s one of the big mysteries of this year’s crop. Highly-touted and we know the production he had as a freshman under Coach (Bill) O’Brien. The offensive change and losing Allen Robinson didn’t help him, but he’s got prototype size and he’s got some traits people are looking for."
Also participating in the camp are Michigan State's Connor Cook, Cal's Jared Goff, Ohio State's Cardale Jones, Memphis' Paxton Lynch, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. The prospects will be recording their episodes with Gruden over the course of the next five weeks, and they will begin airing on ESPN on April 12. We'll let you know when Hack's episode airs, so make sure to check it out if for no other reason than to hear what he thinks about John Donovan's offense.