Penn State Receiving Chart (Maryland): A Group Effort Turns Into a Nice Day, But Drops Still Plague the Efficiency

By Nick Polak on November 29, 2018 at 8:04 am
Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Juwan Johnson (84) makes a catch as Maryland Terrapins defensive back Antwaine Richardson (20) attempts a tackle during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-3.

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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.

Against Maryland, McSorley didn't get locked in on any single target—the senior quarterback found eight different receivers for positive yardage, with both upperclassmen and underclassmen doing the work. Still, four more drops (unfortunately) fit the theme of the passing game in 2018.

Receiving Chart (Maryland)
Receiver Catch Rate Completion % Yards Drops Down (1/2/3/4) TD
KJ Hamler (WR) 4/8 50% 98 2 6/2/0/0 0
DeAndre Thompkins (WR) 2/4 50% 28 2 1/3/0/0 0
Jahan Dotson (WR) 1/3 33.3% 22 - 1/1/1/0 0
Juwan Johnson (WR) 2/2 100% 46 - 1/2/0/0 0
Pat Freiermuth (TE) 2/2 100% 27 - 1/1/0/0 1
Daniel George (WR) 1/1 100% 17 - 1/0/0/0 0
Ricky Slade (RB) 1/1 100% 12 - 1/0/0/0 0
Joe Arcangelo (TE) 1/1 100% 5 - 0/0/1/0 0
Miles Sanders (RB) 0/1 0% 0 - 0/0/1/0 0
Tommy Stevens (LION) 0/1 0% 0 - 1/0/0/0 0
  • K.J. Hamler: Decent day for Hamler, but certainly not his best. The speedy freshman had two drops and 46 of the yards listed above came on the hook-and-lateral play. Both he and Thompkins had drops that were passes thrown behind them, but should have easily been caught anyway. Hamler's other drop came on a deep ball that rather ironically probaby would have been a catch in the NFL, as it looked like he took two or three steps before losing the ball as he went to the ground.
  • DeAndre Thompkins: It's a shame that Thompkins had such a down senior season after showing a ton of promise and even some NFL potential as a junio. 2018 just wasn't his year. Two more drops punctuate what was nowhere near the season he hoped for. Still love you though, DAT.
  • Jahan Dotson: The true freshman was targeted three times, but only one was catchable—another deep ball over the middle. For someone who was going to be redshirted because they were worried he wouldn't be able to handle the physcality of the Big Ten just yet, it's impressive how much he's thrived over the middle.
  • Juwan Johnson: Juwan back! The big receiver has missed most of the past month due to an injury in the Indiana game, but he had a nice catch and run over the middle to set up a touchdown (and Trace REALLY tried to get him that touchdown, but Johnson was stopped just short of the goal line on his second catch).
  • Pat Freiermuth: Very quiet day for the star tight end who didn't get involved until late in the game, but he made his mark with a touchdown grab by bodying out his cover man and making an easy grab for his seventh touchdown of the year.
  • Daniel George: One grab for George, but he made it count with a nice move to get 17 yards on what should have been nothing more than a seven-yard gain.
  • Ricky Slade: Hopefully we see a lot of Slade in the passing game next year—he could be a force in that role.
  • Joe Arcangelo: Awesome moment to see the walk-on and former Bucknell man grab his first catch of his collegiate career.
  • Miles Sanders: My only quip with the play calling was once again not getting Sanders more involved in the passing game. Oh well.
  • Tommy Stevens: Stevens and McSorley weren't on the same page on his only target. When McSorley was under duress he threw Stevens to the sideline as the backup quarterback streaked for the end zone. The ball was nearly picked off, but the Terp defender was ruled out of bounds. We saw quite a bit of Stevens as a true receiver this year which always seemed an odd way to get him involved, considering how many talented pass-catcher the Nittany Lions have.
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