Penn State’s Hamler Named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team

| January 8, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State return specialist KJ Hamler was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team as a kick returner after a fantastic rookie season.

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KJ Hamler, KR, So./Fr., 5-9, 173, Pontiac, Mich./IMG Academy (Fla.)

• Selected to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team as a kick returner.
• Named to The Athletic Freshman All-America team as a kick/punt returner and all-purpose player.
• Honorable-mention all-conference as a return specialist by coaches and media.
• Selected as a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the FBS’ Most Versatile Player.
• Named to Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (9/10) following the Pitt game.
• Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10/1) after the Ohio State game.
• Selected to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (10/1) after the Ohio State game.
• Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week (10/1) following the Ohio State game.
• Ranks No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 31 in the FBS with 619 total return yards.
• Sits No. 18 in the nation and No. 3 in the conference with a 26.2 kick return average.
• Is No. 6 in the Big Ten and No. 50 in the country with 109.0 all-purpose yards per game.
• Ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 25 in FBS averaging 17.95 yards per reception.
• Returned a kickoff 52 yards to spark PSU’s game-tying drive versus Appalachian State (9/1).
• Had kick returns of 27 and 28 yards for a total of 145 all-purpose yards at Pittsburgh (9/8).
• Totaled 107 all-purpose yards on three touches, catching a 22-yard pass, returning a kickoff 52 yards and a punt 33 yards against Kent State (9/15).
• Had a 17-yard punt return and a 12-yard kick return at Illinois (9/21).
• Totaled a career-best 195 all-purpose yards, including 47 yards on three kick returns and a 10-yard punt return, against Ohio State (9/29).
• Returned three kickoffs for 57 yards, including a 24-yard return, against Michigan State (10/13).
• Returned the opening kickoff 58 yards, a career-best return, and added a 21-yard kick return and a 16-yard punt return at Indiana (10/20).
• Totaled 188 all-purpose yards via five passes for 96 yards and 82 kick return yards, including a career-best 67-yard return in the fourth quarter, against Iowa (10/27). Also gained 10 yards on three punt returns.
• Returned two kickoffs for 30 yards and had a 1-yard punt return at Michigan (11/3).
• Matched a career-high with five catches for 35 yards against Wisconsin (11/10).
• Had a 15-yard punt return at Rutgers (11/17).

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