Penn State coach James Franklin on WR KJ Hamler: 'He's one of, if not the most explosive players in the country'
Penn State coach James Franklin could have been highly complimentary of just about anybody on his team after the Nittany Lions recorded the most-lopsided victory in program history against Idaho on Saturday afternoon in Week 1. But one of the players he chose to praise was sophomore wide receiver KJ Hamler.
“He’s (Hamler) one of, if not, the most explosive players in the country,” Franklin said.
James Franklin on KJ Hamler: "I know Idaho wasn't going to let KJ win the game on his own [on special teams]. He's one of, if not the most explosive players in the country."
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Franklin was referring to Hamler’s ability on special teams, but he carved up the Idaho defense Saturday. The sophomore led Penn State with four catches, 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
As a freshman last year, Hamler registered 42 receptions for 754 receiving yards and five touchdowns. With Saturday’s performance, he’s off to a strong start, as he aims to repeat those impressive freshman numbers.
On four punt returns, Hamler also posted 28 return yards Saturday. Penn State routed Idaho, 79-7.