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Sam Ficken and DaeSean Hamilton Earn Weekly Big Ten Honors

Nittany Lions are starting to bring the hardware in early.

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Due to their masterful performances in Penn State's season-opening victory over Central Florida on Saturday, Penn Staters Sam Ficken and DaeSean Hamilton earned Special Teams and Freshman Player of the Week honors, respectively, the Big Ten announced on Monday.

Ficken, who earned the third weekly distinction of his career, nailed all four of his field goal attempts on Saturday, including the game-winner from 36 yards out as time expired. It was the second game-winner of his career, the first being his overtime kick to topple Wisconsin in 2012's season finale. He also converted on both of his extra-point attempts to end up with 14 total points scored in the game.

Hamilton, playing in his first game as a Nittany Lion after redshirting last year, picked up where Christian Hackenberg left off last year by earning top freshman honors, sharing with Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. Hamilton caught 11 passes for a total of 165 yards and would have included a touchdown if not for the UCF 21-yard-line tripping him up on his reception of one of Hackenberg's many long passes on the day. He certainly eased fears of a wide receiver drop-off after the departure of Allen Robinson to the NFL and earned a nickname in the process.

Other award winners:

Offense: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Defense: Johnathan Aiken, S, Rutgers