One Thing from Five of Saturday's Biggest Performers Against Maryland

By Matthew Filipovits on November 26, 2018 at 9:20 am
Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) makes a catch during the first quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Nick Scott thinks koa farmer may have started a new tradition

One of the cooler moments of Senior Day was when the senior class took one last lap around the stadium after the game. It was the kind of moment that made Nick Scott appreciate what he's accomplished here.

"I thought it was awesome. There was obviously a lot of emotion you know as we were taking the lap. It was really just surreal. It's been a long five years but at the same time its been a very short five years. Just taking it all in one last time, that's something I'll remember for the rest of my life. And I think Koa might have started a new tradition here. I think that all guys going forward, all the seniors should definitely when they have that last game take one last lap around."

K.J. Hamler is grateful for Trace McSorley

K.J. Hamler quickly became one of Trace McSorley's favorite targets this season. While McSorley is undoubtedly grateful for Hamler, it was the freshman receiver who had all the praise in the world for his quarterback.

"He's a big part of the offense. We're going to miss him, it's his last game besides the bowl, besides whatever game we go to next. He's the main piece of the puzzle. We're proud of Trace, all the things he's done since he's been here. It's his time to go. But we all congratulated him, all the seniors. We appreciate all the seniors for being here and doing what they needed to do to get us into this situation."

2014 deandre thompkins vs. 2018 Deandre thompkins

Few players in this class have had a bigger impact than DeAndre Thompkins. Being a fifth-year senior, the receiver has grown up a lot over his time in Happy Valley. When asked what the difference between his freshman self and now, he said it was all about learning to appreciate the journey.

"Just appreciative of the little things. You know when you're young you try to move so fast, try to climb the latter too fast. You need to appreciate each step and how you get there. So I think that now I appreciate more of how to get there rather than when you're there trying to bask in whatever it is. Just learning the process and being obsessed with the process more than the destination."

Koa Farmer is blown away by Yetur Gross-Matos

Sophomore defensive end has had somewhat of a breakout season, especially over the past month. His play has caught the attention and appreciation of Koa Farmer.

"Yetur is a monster...Maryland was a big jet team and the way he just stopped the jet from the field, it was like taking candy away. He was like 'If you're going to keep running this play, I'm just going to keep tackling him.' That's just his mentality, it has been this whole season. No one can really stop him. He's going to be a crazy football player, I can't wait to see where he goes. He's a big part of our defense and he's a big part of why we were successful this season."

mcgovern feels comfortable back at center

With Michal Menet out on Saturday, Connor McGovern shifted back over to center for the first time this season. Even after spending an entire year away from the position, the junior still felt comfortable in his role there.

"I think that was just getting used to taking live reps again. During the week I'm taking reps and I'm comfortable, but it's different when you get out onto the field. So the first two series I was a bit slower but I was able to pick it back up."