As the saying goes, punting is winning - but what about kicking *AND* punting?
We’re 98 days out until the Nittany Lions take the field against the Badgers, and today’s post is all about special teams stalwart Jordan Stout, a combo kicker-punter who transferred from Virginia Tech to PSU prior to the 2019 season.
Stout came to Penn State with the promise of a scholarship, having been a walk on for the Hokies, and he made his presence felt immediately. His strong leg led him to be the kickoff specialist for most of the 2019 season, his first in Happy Valley, and he ended that season fourth in the FBS for number of kickoffs that resulted in touchbacks.
In 2020, with the graduation of starting punter (and now-New Orleans Saint) Blake Gillikin, Stout also took on punting duties for the wonky COVID-affected season, to good affect - he averaged 41.5 YPP last season.
As in the prior season, Stout also was the PSU go-to for kickoffs, leading the conference in percentage kickoffs as touchbacks, and also was the long-range field goal kicker for the Nittany Lions, sharing those duties with Jake Pinegar to mixed results (contrary to many #madonline folks’ attestations, a fairly common sharing arrangement in teams with multiple kickers).
This year, Stout’s third at Penn State out of a potential four, should see a return to form for the special teams ace, especially if he can focus on his definitive area of expertise - helping guarantee consistent starting position for the team’s opponents. This writer may have been the only staff member at BSD to put stout in her top ten for the upcoming season, but I remain convinced he’s up to the challenge.
Just 98 days until kickoff in Madison!