Penn State wideout K.J. Hamler named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after Ohio State effort


Penn State freshman K.J. Hamler has garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors following his performance against No. 4 Ohio State.

Penn State wideout K.J. Hamler eludes the grasp of the Ohio State defenders en route to a 93 yard touchdown on Saturday night, Sept. 30. Ohio State defeated Penn State, 27-26, at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA.

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It's the first career weekly honor for the wideout.

Additionally, for the second time this season, Hamler was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. He also earned that honor after the Pitt game. The Paul Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in major college football.

Hamler had a career-high 138 receiving yards on a personal-best four receptions. That included an electrifying 93-yard touchdown catch, his fourth receiving score in five games.

Hamler’s 93-yard TD grab is the second-longest play from scrimmage in Penn State history. The play is second only to the 95-yard passing score from Sean Clifford to Daniel George against Kent State earlier this season.

Hamler also had 57 yards on punt (10 yards) and kick (47 yards) returns for a career-high 195 all-purpose yards. 

Hamler left the Ohio State game in the second half with an apparent head injury. His status is uncertain.

The native of Pontiac, Michigan, ranks fourth in yards per reception (23.69) in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

After a bye week, the No. 11-ranked Nittany Lions play host to Michigan State for homecoming Saturday, Oct. 13, at either 3:30 or 4 p.m.