Penn State Receiving Chart (Wisconsin): Hamler Featured, Dotson Shows He Belongs, Freiermuth Keeps Rolling

By Nick Polak on November 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Nov 10, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Jahan Dotson (5) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Wisconsin 22-10.

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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.

Trace McSorley had the chance to spread the ball around a bit through the air against Wisconsin. The game plan featured heavy doses of K.J. Hamler, but plenty of others made their impacts felt against the Badgers. Let's see how it all broke down on Saturday.

Receiving Chart (Michigan)
Receiver Catch Rate Completion % Yards Drops Down (1/2/3/4) TD
K.J. Hamler (WR) 5/8 62.5% 35 - 4/2/2/0 0
DeAndre Thompkins (WR) 5/6 83.3% 31 1 2/3/1/0 1
Pat Freiermuth (TE) 3/4 75% 34 1 3/0/1/0 0
Jahan Dotson (WR) 2/2 100% 39 - 1/0/1/0 0
Miles Sanders (RB) 2/2 100% 9 - 1/0/1/0 0
Cam Sullivan-Brown (WR) 1/1 100% 9 - 0/1/0/0 0
Justin Shorter (WR) 1/1 100% 3 - 0/1/0/0 0
  • K.J. Hamler: Hamler was clearly a huge part of the game plan, as they went to him early and often in the wide receiver screen game. It worked well, so Rahne continued going to that well a few more times. Hamler is dangerous with the ball in his hands, so getting him involved in the screen game is a great idea- especially if it forces defenses to try and cheat up, which will open up more deep balls later on.
  • DeAndre Thompkins: For someone who struggled as much with drops in the early part of the season as Thompkins did, he's really rounded into form over the past month or so. Yes, he dropped another pass on Saturday, but it was a bit out in front of him, and it wouldn't have been enough to convert the third-and-long anyway. He ran a nice route on his touchdown grab and also did an excellent job as a blocker. He flourished in this area last year, so it was great to see him (and the rest of the group) step up and open up downfield holes for Miles Sanders.
  • Pat Freiermuth: The true freshman, despite one bad third-down drop on Saturday, continues to be old reliable for the offense. He doesn't do anything special to get open; he simply uses his body and his athleticism to outwork the linebackers assigned to him. He also was the beneficiary of a great play call near the goal line, in which he did a nice job throwing a quick chip block before leaking out to the left and nearly getting into the end zone.
  • Jahan Dotson: How impressive is this kid? In one season he's gone from probably redshirt candidate, to backup slot receiver, to starting at one of the outside receiver spots. And all he's done while transitioning through each of those phases is make plays. He has already become a favorite target for McSorley on third down and should get a great chance to show his playmaking ability down the stretch.
  • Miles Sanders: In what has become a weekly plea, I'll simply say this. Please keep throwing Miles Sanders the football. Thanks.
  • Cameron Sullivan-Brown: He's taken a back seat with the emergence of Dotson, but a nice catch and run for the redshirt freshman.
  • Justin Shorter: We've barely seen the former five-star due to injury this season, so it was nice to see him get a decent opportunity in this game. He only had one catch, the first of this career, but he played 17 snaps and also did a nice job as a blocker in this one.
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