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Ficken, Hamilton Earn Big Ten Player of the Week Honors

Kicker Sam Ficken and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton earned Big Ten Football Player of the Week honors after career performances during Saturday’s thrilling 26-24 victory over Central Florida.

Ficken was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week, while Hamilton received Co-Freshmen of the Week recognition.

Ficken drilled a career-high four field goals on four attempts from 22, 33, 24, and 36 yards. His 36-yard game winner from the right hash as time expired capped an exhilarating final minute march down the field. It was the senior’s second game winner, the first of which game against Wisconsin in 2012.

This is the third time Ficken — whose career’s up’s and down’s have been well charted — received Big Ten Special Team Player of the Week honors, and the first since September 2, 2013 after he went 3/3 against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium.

Redshirt freshman DaeSean Hamilton — in his first appearance as a Nittany Lion — hauled in 11 receptions for 165 yards, both school records for a freshman. Hamilton became the first Penn State freshman with at least 100 receiving yards in a game since Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood did the same in 2005.

Christian Hackenberg, who set a school record of his own with 454 passing yards Saturday, was the last Penn Stater to garner Freshman of the week accolades — a feat he accomplished five times last season.

Penn State hosts Akron this Saturday at noon.

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Ben Berkman

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