Penn State Receiving Chart (Michigan): The Trio of Freshmen Once Again Pace the Group

By Nick Polak on November 7, 2018 at 8:30 am
Penn State Wide Receiver Mac Hippenhammer
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Welcome to the Penn State receiving chart. Each week we'll show you what happened when each receiver was targeted in the most recent game. There may be a few differences here and there from the stat lines you see on ESPN, Sports Reference, or elsewhere, but I'll try to make sure to explain each of those differences below.

It's hard to make plays as receivers when you don't get the ball! Most of these guys never even had a chance to make an impact thanks to arguably the worst performance of McSorley's career (which makes sense since he's hurt!).

Receiving Chart (Michigan)
Receiver Catch Rate Completion % Yards Drops Down (1/2/3/4) TD
Pat Freiermuth (TE) 3/3 100% 51 - 1/1/1/0 0
Jahan Dotson (WR) 2/3 66% 29 - 1/0/1/1 0
K.J. Hamler (WR) 1/3 33% 20 - 3/0/0/0 0
DeAndre Thompkins (WR) 0/2 0% 0 - 1/1/0/0 0
Miles Sanders (RB) 1/1 100% 9 - 0/1/0/0 0
Journey Brown (RB) 1/1 100% 9 - 1/0/0/0 0
Nick Bowers (TE) 0/1 0% 0 - 1/0/0/0 0
Mac Hippenhammer (WR) 0/1 0% 0 - 0/1/0/0 0
Brandon Polk (WR) 0/1 0% 0 1 0/1/0/0 0
  • As you've surely heard by now, there were only three passes completed to wide receivers by both quarterbacks combined. McSorley missed on plenty of throws (and Stevens threw the bad interception), so the blame shouldn't fall completely on the receivers for that fact. Still, you'd hope that they'd be able to adjust to the single coverage they faced most of the day and find ways to get open for easy completions.
  • Freiermuth again proved that he is arguably the most consistent receiver the team has. He went three for three, including a nice juggling catch down the seam, and the opening catch of the game. He's developed a good rhythm with McSorley on deeper crosses and post routes, to the point that he might the senior quarterback's most-trusted target.
  • Jahan Dotson, who was recently given a full green light to burn his redshirt, again flashed his potential.  A nice grab on a post route and an excellent grab on a bail-me-out toss from Stevens on fourth down gave him two more chances to show that he deserves playing time. Whether it means playing two slot receivers at once or moving one of Hamler or Dotson to the outside, these two guys need to be on the field as much as possible over the next three weeks.
  • Speaking of Hamler, a quiet day for him against many of his former teammates and opponents during his high school years in Michigan. He had the one nice grab on a deep and long-developing crossing pattern, but never had a chance outside of that. After an Iowa game that saw Ricky Rahne find really creative ways to get him the ball, there was no creativity for Hamler in this one. Which is disappointing to say the least.
  • Thompkins played very well against Iowa, but was given no chance to make an impact against Michigan. He had a wide open touchdown that McSorley badly overthrew, and had lots of green in front of him on a short crossing pattern that McSorley threw behind him.
  • Sanders and Brown each had grabs out of the backfield, begging the question once again of why they aren't a bigger part of the passing game. Sanders made a beautiful cut to spring himself for nine yards, which was the only chance he had to make a defender miss in space. And he did it! Like he's done on every pass he's caught this year! Throw him the ball!
  • Brandon Polk, dude. He had his only target in both hands and on his chest, and couldn't make the catch (and very nearly handed Michigan an early interception). There's not much left to say about his struggles this year, other than that the time has come to find someone new to take his spot in the lineup.
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