One Thing from Five of Saturday's Biggest Performers

By Matthew Filipovits on September 16, 2018 at 9:30 am
Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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Mark Allen couldn't be happier for Johnathan Thomas

Mark Allen has been around a long time. The fifth senior has waited patiently behind guys like Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders but has come into his own this season as the team's primary backup. Although he scored for the second straight game, it was another senior running back, Johnathon Thomas, who Allen was more excited to see find the end zone.

"We're fifth-year senior guys...I'm actually happy for Johnathan more than myself. He's a guy that the team should all look upon and hone in on his attitude and how he approaches the game. He's been through a lot in his five years and the fact to see him get in the end zone is a blessing."

Cam Brown loves the wild dogs

The Nittany Lion defense allowed just 221 yards of total offense, 41 rushing yards, and sacked the quarterback seven times on Saturday. After a dominant performance like that, Cam Brown gave all the credit to the defensive line.

"That's just the Wild Dogs being dogs. They're coming off the ball, we didn't have to send too many pressures, they were getting off the ball and playing strong so I feel like that was that. The game planning of course, we knew we had to sit in certain holes for him so he couldn't throw it right away or he'd have to sit in the hole and get set."

Hamler showcases a new skill

After exploding on the scene in the receiving and kickoff return game, KJ Hamler made his debut as a punter returner on Saturday. The freshman says you can't think too much when it comes to deciding to field a punt.

"Being a punt returner is hard, to be honest. It's really just deciding on how the ball is kicked because you have to look up and see who's coming at you. You have eleven guys coming at you. So it's hard but you get feel for it. Once you get a feel for it, once you know, then you'll know."

Castro-fields preparing for the short week

Penn State is in a bit of weird state. With a Friday night game this week, the Nittany Lions lose an entire day to prepare, get healthy, and have their regularly scheduled day off. Despite the schedule change, Castro-Fields knows the team's mindset can't change.

"Just do what we have to do and don't make any excuses because we already knew it was coming up. So we we just need to take care of business, thats it."

sanders continues to praise his offensive line

Penn State's offensive line dominated in the trenches on Saturday, paving the way for nearly 300 yards on the ground. Miles Sanders led the rushing attack for the Nittany Lions with 86 yards, but he knows the line deserves the most credit.

"Like I said in the summer when I was getting interviewed, they're our strongest part in our offense right now. We have a lot of guys that came back and we got a couple young guys who have experience. Right know they're being as physical as they can, we can't ask more from them. I appreciate those guys a lot." 

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