Entering the 2019 season, KJ Hamler was expected to be the top receiver for the Nittany Lions. That held true last week against Idaho, but a new weapon emerged in Week Two. Sophomore wide receiver Jahan Dotson had a breakout game against the Buffalo Bulls and showed that he can be an important weapon moving forward.
Dotson showed off his speed and quickly became a favorite target of quarterback Sean Clifford. The duo hooked up for a 33-yard touchdown for Penn State's first touchdown of the game. The Clifford to Dotson connection struck again in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game for the Nittany Lions.
This Sean Clifford kid, he’s something special. And Jahan Dotson is a baller, too. pic.twitter.com/OjMP7QZKSc— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) September 8, 2019
That final touchdown was a 61-yard strike that once again showed off the speed of Dotson. He finished the game with a team-high 109 yards and the two touchdowns. He became a big-play threat with an average of 27.3 yards per catch.
Dotson was a coveted recruit in the 2018 class. He was a four-star prospect and ranked No. 192 nationally. A native of Nazareth, PA, he was the No. 6 recruit in the state. Dotson is just another in-state recruit that James Franklin was able to bring to Happy Valley in his effort to "Dominate the State."
A year ago, Dotson worked his way into the starting lineup when the starting group had troubles catching the football, and he didn't look back. He immediately became a trusted third-down target for Trace McSorley, but he's taken his game to the next level so far in 2019. Seeing him put up a game as he did in Week Two shouldn't be a surprise. The talent was clear in high school, and now he's getting to show it on the big stage.
After a big game against Buffalo, look for Dotson to continue to be a big part of the game plan moving forward.