Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; General view of a Penn State Nittany Lions helmet prior to the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football Player Preview: Wide Receiver DaeSean Hamilton

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DaeSean Hamilton is coming off a season in which he didn’t even step onto the field due to a season ending wrist injury. The injury that caused him to miss the entire 2013 campaign happened while playing at Mountain View High School at the end of his senior year.

The six-foot-one, 200-pound wide receiver heads into the 2014 season with the hopes of contributing to an offense that lost its biggest playmaker in Allen Robinson. Hamilton, who hails from Stafford, Virginia, was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school. He finished his senior year in high school by recording 64 catches for 1,073 yard and 10 touchdowns.

Finally healthy, Hamilton was able to work all spring with quarterback Christian Hackenberg. During spring practices he often showed off his athleticism and big play ability. He’s a great route-runner who is good in and out of his breaks and has the speed and quickness to get past opposing defensive backs.

With the loss of Allen Robinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Richy Anderson seeking a transfer and Jonathan Warner being granted a release from the program, Hamilton will be looked upon to step in and contribute to a passing game that is thin on depth and experience. He could easily work his way into the slot position opposite of Matt Zanellato and Eugene Lewis. With summer practices on the horizon, expect Hamilton to get a heavy dose of first team reps.

If he can continue to hone his skills and develop a rapport with Hackenberg, Hamilton could step into a starting position and be a serviceable replacement for Anderson. If that happens, Hamilton could easily put up 400 yards receiving and three touchdowns this coming season.

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