Roar Lions Roundtable: Penn State MVP vs. Michigan

By Matt de Bear on October 23, 2019 at 8:00 am
Oct 19, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Big time players always seem to save their best performances for the biggest stages. That was never more true than it was for Penn State on Saturday night in its 28-21 White Out victory over Michigan. Several Nittany Lions stepped up under the lights on the way to a 7-0 record.

kj Hamler

Michael Stanley: Without Hamler, it's tough to imagine Penn State putting up more than 10 points against Michigan. He provided more than 50% of the passing yardage, half of Penn State's touchdowns, and the game-sealing first down.

Jarrod Prugar: Big time players make big time plays in big time games, and Hamler did just that Saturday. Showing his speed and athleticism by easily getting past the Michigan secondary, her proved why he’s Sean Clifford’s favorite target.

Nick Polak: Hamler was Penn State's offense against Michigan. The speedy sophomore got free deep behind the Wolverine secondary three times, and could have had three long touchdowns had Clifford hit him in stride on all three. He was also dependable in getting first downs, including the game-sealing third down carry in which he gave everything he had and took a big hit to effectively end the game.

Craig Fritz: The choice was obvious this week. KJ made three of the biggest and most critical plays of the entire game. He was an absolute force.

John Morgan: Penn State relied on the big play, and Hamler came through on several occasions. His touchdown fourth quarter touchdown proved to be the game winner and his third down run sealed the game.

Matt Filipovits: It's the obvious answer, but it's true. Everyone in the stadium knew Penn State was going to try and get him the ball as much as possible, and he still found a way to have a monster day. That third down run to seal the victory is a play a lot of guys his size aren't willing to make. This may have been his best overall performance.

Micah Parsons

Bill DiFilippo: What a player. He was the lynchpin of the Nittany Lion defense, and while it showed some cracks, he was all over the place in an attempt to shore them up.

Matt de Bear: This is no slight to KJ Hamler, who obviously had a monster game himself, but Parsons was perhaps just as dominant on the other side of the ball. Of his 14 tackles on the game, an absurd eight went for one yard or no gain, including one prior to the fourth down drop that may have saved the game.