Freshman wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton wasted no time getting accustomed to his new role in the Penn State offense. He used Saturday’s Croke Park Classic as his coming out party, catching a game-high 11 passes for 165 yards. That performance has earned him his first honor as a Nittany Lion. Hamilton has been named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. He shares the title with Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Hamilton is no stranger to the Penn State program. He was expected to play a role in the offense last season, but was sidelined with an injury. That may have been a blessing in disguise, as he’s now had an extra year to grow and develop before seeing the field.
On Saturday, Hamilton quickly became one of quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s favorite targets. He showed a great ability to make tough catches and also go downfield when needed. In fact, he was a bit reminiscent of Penn State’s top receiver from the past two seasons, Allen Robinson. Finding a suitable replacement for Robinson was one of the talking points during this offseason.
So far, Hamilton has clearly gotten the job done. In fact, his performance against UCF in Ireland set the school record for a freshman wide receiver.
Barrett, the Ohio State quarterback who shares the Freshman of the Week honor with Hamilton, threw for 256 yards and ran for 50 in the Buckeyes’ victory over Navy.
Hamilton will get another chance to show off his talents this Saturday when Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium to host the Akron Zips.