Jordan Stout ranked No. 4 in the nation as a freshman at Virginia Tech with an incredible 84.5% touchback percentage on kickoffs. During his first season in Happy Valley, after transferring and sitting out 2018, Stout managed a 79.5% touchback rate. He had 12 touchbacks in the first game of the season against Idaho.
Stout has not recorded a punt in college but is expected to take the job from departed Blake Gillikin this fall. In high school he averaged 47 yards per punt so it is not a stretch to imagine that he will slide right into the spot comfortably.
He will also serve as the kickoff specialist, of course, and also will likely remain as the kicker for long field goals. His longest field goal of 57 yards last season came against Pittsburgh. His versatility has made him a great pickup for James Franklin, making the transition to life after Gillikin as easy as possible while providing a weapon on kickoffs.
Stout will turn 22 in early August but has two years of eligibility remaining, coming in as a redshirt junior. We should see him often in the coming years. If the offense succeeds, he will kickoff. If they fail, he will punt.
Just 98 more days until Penn State football!