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KJ Hamler Named Hornung Award Finalist

And he’s only a freshman!

NCAA Football: Iowa at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not all just doom and gloom for Penn State football these days.

Just mostly.

But not all!

Redshirt freshman KJ Hamler was named 1 of 5 finalists this morning for the Paul Hornung award given annually to the nation’s most versatile player.

Saquon Barkley won the award a year ago and Hamler is joined by Rondale Moore (Purdue), N’Keal Harry (Arizona State), Marcus Green (UL-Monroe) and Connor Heyward (Michigan State) as finalists.

Through 9 games, Hamler has 29 receptions for 518 yards and 5 touchdowns, 2 rushes for 32 yards and a touchdown, 19 kick returns for 484 yards and 10 punt returns for 85 yards.

The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 5.