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Christian Hackenberg Front Runner To Win AAF Starting QB Job

Christian Hackenberg winds up to throw.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

In three years as an NFL player, Christian Hackenberg failed to take a snap in a regular season game.

The former Penn State star was a second round pick by the New York Jets in the 2016 NFL Draft.

He rode the bench for two years in New York, before having brief stints with the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cincinnati Bengals.

Now, he's attempting to revive his pro football career in the new Alliance of American Football.

The league kicks off the weekend after the Super Bowl, and Hackenberg is reportedly the favorite to start for the Memphis Express.

He's been in a position battle with a few other prominent former college quarterbacks.

LSU product and former Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger, Troy's Brandon Silvers, and Tennessee-Martin's Troy Cook.

Per AAF reporter Dylan Carino, Christian Hackenberg is separating himself as Memphis' starting quarterback.


1. Hackenberg gains lead in the QB race

The four-man race for quarterback seems to be nearing its end with a strong performance from Christian Hackenberg against the Stallions. The Penn State product was 9 of 15 for 128 yards passing and one touchdown -- a 19-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Fabian Guerra on post route up the right hash. Hackenberg had a strong grasp of the offense particularly early on, going 6 for 6 on the opening drive, which culminated with his touchdown pass.

Throughout the majority of camp, it was Zach Mettenberger who had the lead in the starting quarterback race, but after Sunday, the starting role looks like Hackenberg’s to lose.

Hackenberg was an all-world talent in high school, and had an extremely strong freshman season under Bill O'Brien at Penn State. He never really built on it in his two additional years though, and flamed out in the NFL.

If he can get things straightened out in this new league, it'd be really good news—and publicity—for the AAF.