Penn State Football’s James Franklin not surprised by Broncos’ K.J. Hamler’s breakout game

Denver Broncos WR K.J. Hamler (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos WR K.J. Hamler (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Penn State Football alum K.J. Hamler had a breakout game in the NFL, catching two touchdown passes in the Broncos win over Carolina on Sunday.

Former Penn State football wide receiver KJ Hamler enjoyed his first breakout NFL game this past Sunday, catching two touchdowns in the Broncos 32-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Hamler caught two passes in the game, hitting pay dirt on both as Broncos quarterback Drew Lock connected with Hamler for a 37 yard touchdown strike in the third quarter before once again finding him for a 49 yard touchdown up the right sideline to put the game out of reach.

After dealing with some injury issues earlier in the season, this was undoubtedly a coming out party for the former Nittany Lion, however he has carved out a nice rookie season for himself playing alongside fellow Penn State football alum Desean Hamilton at wide receiver.

Earlier this season, Hamler made a significant impact for the Broncos, catching a game-winning touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hamler has 29 receptions for 377 yards and three touchdowns on the season. The three touchdowns are good for second on the team, ahead of teammate and fellow rookie and first round pick Jerry Jeudy.

Penn State football fans can certainly reminisce about Hamler’s big plays from his days in the Blue and White, but it comes as no surprise to Penn State Football coach James Franklin to see Hamler doing this at the next level.

"“His speed and quickness on the field is matched by his energy and positive nature off of it,” Franklin tells FanSided’s Matt Lombardo. “You want him in your locker room. He’s just a great guy, fun to coach, and most of all he’s a culture driver. You can’t have enough guys like that. K.J.’s high production and low maintenance.”"

KJ Hamler wasn’t the only former Nittany Lion showing out on Sunday, as Penn State football had four former players score a total of seven touchdowns around the NFL. Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders, Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gisecki, and Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson were the others.

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