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Penn State Football: KJ Hamler Named Freshman All-American

by on January 08, 2019 10:28 AM

Penn State wide receiver KJ Hamler was named to the freshman All-American team as a kick returner by the Football Writers of America.

The Pontiac, Mich., native had a season full of electrifying plays as a returner for the Nittany Lions in 2018. Hamler’s biggest special teams play of the season was his big return against Appalachian State in the waning minutes of a 45-38 come-from-behind victory. He hesitated before taking the ball out of the end zone, but then broke off a 51-yard return to set up Penn State in excellent field position for its game-tying drive.

Hamler led all Penn State receivers this season with 713 receiving yards and was one of Trace McSorley’s favorite targets. He’ll likely play a big role in the Nittany Lions’ receiving corps and return game next season.

Penn State fans can expect more highlight-reel plays from the 5-foot-9 speedster, like his 93-yard score against Ohio State.

This isn’t Hamler’s first accolade earned this season. He was named a finalist for the Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player in November and honorable mention All-Big Ten in December. He earned an important role on the team after an excellent training camp and consistently strong performances in early non-conference matchups.

Will Pegler is a Penn State student and a writer for Onward State.
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