Penn State Football vs Rutgers: Key players for Nittany Lions to pick up a win

Juice Scruggs #70 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Penn State Football, Jahan Dotson
Jahan Dotson #5 of the Penn State Nittany Lions  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Penn State Football wide receiver/punt returner – Jahan Dotson

The trend continues.

Penn State Football is 6-0 this season when Jahan Dotson scores a touchdown as a wide receiver, and they are 0-4 when he does not.

Go figure, right? When your best and probably most valuable player mostly shut down from making a ‘splash play’, things probably won’t go too well.

Dotson always gets his catches, averaging 8 catches per game, the second-best mark in the Big Ten. However, he hasn’t always been able to get free for a ton of yards or to pick up six points.

The Scarlet Knights are last in the conference in yards allowed per pass attempt, so No. 5 should be able to create separation both before and after the catch, picking up a lot of yards and hopefully finding the end zone a few times in the process.

Mike Yurcich will need to scheme his best player open, and Sean Clifford will need to do his part in getting him the ball. If those things happen, Penn State’s star wideout can have a big afternoon.

Finally, we have been waiting all season for Dotson to create a big play as a punt returner, so perhaps he can make that happen this week and provide a spark on special teams.

If he can have a big game, the Nittany Lions can pick up a comfortable win in what will in all likelihood be Jahan Dotson’s final home game in a Penn State Football uniform.