Player to Watch: Rutgers Star Punter Adam Korsak

By John Morgan on November 29, 2019 at 10:00 am
Nov 24, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights punter Adam Korsak (94) punts the ball away to Michigan State Spartans during the first half of a game at Spartan Stadium.
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Penn State faces off against Rutgers on Senior Day with a very good chance to finish the season at 10-2. There may be no bigger mess in college football than the Scarlet Knights, who are sinking as a program. This past weekend, a story broke about how they were unable come to terms with once savior Greg Schiano as their head coach, but their fans haven't given up on him. Chris Ash is gone, but pinning their failures on him is just missing the target.

The Scarlet Knights have been brutal since their arrival to the Big Ten, and this season has been no different as they head to Happy Valley with an 0-8 conference record. Through all the muck, a star has emerged, punter Adam Korsak.

Korsak was named as one of ten semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award presented to the nation's top punter. Heading into Saturday, Korsak has more punts than any other player in the country with 71. He has averaged 43.7 yards per kick, and has amassed an astounding 3,100 yards in total. Against Ohio State, he landed four attempts inside the 20, three inside the 10 and one inside the five-yard line. 

It's understood that Rutgers hasn't been very good this season, but Korsak has taken advantage of ample opportunities. It's not often we'll get the chance to feature an opposing punter, but that's where we're at with Rutgers.

Not to be outdone, Saturday is a showdown of sorts. Penn State senior punter Blake Gillikin will play in his last game at Beaver Stadium. The special teams captain has had a tremendous career, and the fans will get one final chance to show their appreciation for the Georgia native and his glorious mullet. It doesn't get more Big Ten than talking about punters, and Saturday fans will get a chance to see two of the best.