Penn State Receiving Chart (Idaho): Hamler, Shorter Lead the Way For a Productive Opener

By Nick Polak on September 4, 2019 at 10:00 am
Aug 31, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) catches the ball in the end zone for a touchdown against Idaho Vandals defensive back Jalen Hoover (25) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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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 was a "Spread the Wealth" kind of day for Penn State's group of pass-catchers against the Vandals. When all was said and done, 15 different players were targeted on Saturday, though only KJ Hamler received more than three targets. Let's break it all down.

Receiving Chart (Idaho)
Receiver Catch Rate Completion % Yards Drops Down (1/2/3/4) TD
KJ Hamler (WR) 4/5 80% 115 - 4/1/0/0 2
Justin Shorter (WR) 3/3 100% 48 - 3/0/0/0 -
Journey Brown (RB) 2/3 66.7% 31 1 2/1/1/0 -
Daniel George (WR) 2/3 66.7% 28 - 1/1/1/0 -
Weston Carr (WR) 3/3 100% 27 - 2/1/0/0 -
Ricky Slade (RB) 1/1 100% 26 - 1/0/0/0 -
Pat Freiermuth (TE) 1/3 33.3% 25 - 2/1/0/0 -
Cam Sullivan-Brown (WR) 2/2 100% 13 - 0/2/0/0 -
Jahan Dotson (WR) 1/2 50% 13 - 1/1/0/0 -
Justin Weller (WR) 1/1 100% 10 - 0/1/0/0 -
Zack Kuntz (TE) 1/1 100% 8 - 1/0/0/0 -
Devyn Ford (RB) 3/3 100% 6 - 1/2/0/0 -
Brenton Strange (TE) 1/1 100% 4 - 0/1/0/0 1
Dan Chisena (WR) 0/2 0% - - 0/0/2/0 -
Mac Hippenhammer (WR) 0/1 0% - - 0/0/0/1 -
Nick Bowers (TE) 0/1 0% - - 0/0/1/0 -
Hamler Leads the Way

KJ Hamler is going to be the focal point of the Penn State offense in 2019, and with good reason. He's a dynamic playmaker who is a threat to score every single time he touches the football. On Saturday, even in limited snaps due to the nature of the game, he was the only one to be targeted more than three times. He was extremely productive in those targets, turning in the only two receiving touchdowns and winning a 50/50 ball near the goal line.

Running Backs Getting Involved

In 2018, the running backs combined to catch just 30 passes total all season long. After week one, the group is on pace to reel in 72 passes. Penn State is blessed with an extremely talented stable of backs, all of whom are more than capable pass-catchers. Ricky Rahne will surely look to continue getting them involved underneath, which should continue to open things up for the outside receivers.

Enter, Justin Shorter

It's been a long wait to see the former top-receiver recruit in the country finally line up as a starter, and we finally got that on Saturday when Justin Shorter split out wide on Penn State's first offensive snap of the game. In the end, he turned all three of his targets into catches and went for 48 yards, the second-highest total of the game. As the season continues, expect to see Clifford try to use Shorter as a downfield weapon, as well.