By Garret Heinrich

San Francisco (CBS HOUSTON) – Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg joined Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson during The Triple Threat on Monday. The current NFL Prospect declared for the draft after his Junior season for the Nittany Lions and his connection with Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien is something that is attractive to Hackenberg to reunite with the coach that recruited him and coached him to his best season.

“It would be awesome,” Hackenberg said about possibly being drafted by the Texans in April. “To have another opportunity to play with Coach (O’Brien), be reunited with [him], and the whole staff. A lot of [The Texans Coaches] left [Penn St.]. A lot of those guys recruited me and built a great relationship up there, but I think, ultimately the goal for me is making sure that I am the most well-rounded prospect I can be. As prepared as I can be to impress as many teams as I need to and let the cards fall where they may.”

Hackenberg only played for one season under bill O’Brien but a mark was left on the then 18-year-old.

“I have a ton of respect for everything he has done and how he coached me as an 18-year-old kid,” Hackenberg said. “I feel like that taught me so much and it was so valuable for the rest of my career, moving forward, at Penn State. I took a lot away from that experience and it was a great experience. [I] had never been coached like that. He was bringing a totally different perspective.”

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