Top Five Penn State Wide Receivers of the 2010s

By Matthew Filipovits on January 8, 2020 at 8:00 am
Allen Robinson leads the way among the Penn State receivers of the 2010 decade.
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With the 2010s in the rearview mirror, we're ranking the top-five players at each position of the decade, as voted on by the Roar Lions Roar staff. All of this will lead up to the RLR Team of the Decade. We will only be taking into account seasons from 2010-2019, so players like Evan Royster and Devon Still have solely been judged on their seasons during that time frame.

Next up, the top five Nittany Lion wide receivers of the 2010s.

Honorable mention - Saeed Blacknall

  • 2014-2017
  • Receiving stats: 50 catches, 979 yards, 7 touchdowns

Although he wasn't the most consistent receiver, Blacknall thrived in big-play situations. In nearly every game big game he played in, the 6'3 pass-catcher always found a way to make something happen when Penn State needed it most. Without him, Penn State could have very easily lost the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game, and the story of the latter half of the decade could be very different.

No. 5 - Derek Moye

  • 2007-2011 (only 2010-2011 seasons count)
  • Receiving stats (2010-2011 only): 93 catches, 1,539 yards, 11 touchdowns

At 6'5, Derek Moye was the go-up-and-get-it guy of the early part of the decade. He had tremendous hands and quickness for a guy his size and became the real focal point of the 2011 passing attack. He also produced one of the most entertaining plays of the decade, when he ripped a ball that had previously been intercepted out of the hands of a Michigan State defensive back to keep the team alive in an eventual 2010 Senior Day loss. He would go on to play a few seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Steelers.

No. 4 - KJ Hamler

  • 2017-2019
  • Receiving stats: 98 catches, 1,658 yards, 13 touchdowns

The Human Joystick. Hamler was a threat to make something happen every single time he touched the football. One of the fastest and shiftiest players we've seen in some time, he was a big play waiting to happen and injected a much-needed boost of playmaking ability to a post-DaeSean Hamilton and Chris Godwin receiving corps in 2018, and a post-Trace McSorley world in 2019. Hamler was a walking highlight reel and should go early in the 2020 NFL Draft.

No. 3 - DaeSean Hamilton

  • 2013-2017
  • Receiving stats: 214 catches, 2,842 yards, 18 touchdowns

Penn State's all-time leader in receptions, DaeSean Hamilton had at least 500 receiving yards in four straight seasons, making him one of the most consistent pass-catchers in program history. A tremendous route-runner, he found a way to stand out in some loaded receiver rooms. When he finally got his chance to shine as the undisputed No. 1 receiver as a senior, he was nearly unguardable. Hamilton was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2018 NFL Draft.

No. 2 - Chris Godwin

  • 2014-2016
  • Receiving stats: 154 catches, 2,421 yards, 18 touchdowns

After being a rotational player as a true freshman, Chris Godwin quickly became one of the Big Ten's best receivers as a sophomore and junior. With fantastic hands and solid speed, Godwin was Penn State's biggest receiving threat during their magical 2016 run and was named third-team All-Big Ten for his performance. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft and was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2019.

No. 1 - Allen Robinson

  • 2011-2013
  • Receiving stats: 177 catches, 2,479 yards, 17 touchdowns

If you could build a receiver in a lab, it would look something like Allen Robinson. A two-time Big Ten Receiver of the Year Award winner, Robinson quickly became the favorite target of both Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenberg. He was big, fast, athletic, and could jump out of his shoes. Without Robinson, Penn State probably doesn't make it through the worst years of the Sanction Era without a losing record. He was a game-breaker and nearly unstoppable at the college level. Forever cursed by inconsistent quarterback play, he has still continued to be a dominant pass-catcher in the NFL, despite having Blake Bortles and Mitchell Trubisky as his quarterbacks.

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