Player to Watch: Indiana Wide Receiver Whop Philyor

By John Morgan on November 14, 2019 at 11:00 am
Nov 2, 2019; Bloomington, IN, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Travis Whillock (7) defends on a pass intended for Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Whop Philyor (1) in the corner of the end zone during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium.
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The Penn State defense is coming off their worst game of the season as Minnesota's quarterback Tanner Morgan picked the secondary apart for 339 yards. As Flip wrote, opposing quarterbacks have found success against Penn State this season. Indiana's starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is out for the season, which means Peyton Ramsey has taken over the duties. Last weekend, Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson combined for 307 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowdns. With the Hoosiers heading to Happy Valley, the secondary faces another challenge in wide receiver Whop Philyor.

In nine games this season, Philyor has 59 catches for 813 yards and three touchdowns. The junior wide receiver has had three 100-yard receiving games in which he hauled in ten passes or more. Two week ago against Nebraska, Philyor had a whopping 14 catch, 178 yard performance. He is the Hoosiers leading receiver by 30 catches, and was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Peyton Ramsey came on in relief for Penix Jr. against Maryland, and lead the Hoosiers to a 34-28 win. Ramsey has appeared in seven games for Indiana, and in his first start against Nebraska, he relied on his most dangerous weapon. The Nittany Lions know they must bounce back after the humbling performance last weekend, and slowing down Philyor will be key to getting the win.