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Ficken Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

After a 4-4 performance that largely kept Penn State competitive against Maryland, Sam Ficken earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Ficken, who is now 17-19 on the year, made field goals from 25, 46, 47, and 48 yards on Saturday. In doing so, he’s the first Nittany Lion since 1982 to nail three field goals of over 45 yards in one game. Ficken is now 6-6 on kicks over 40 yards on the year.

This is the senior placekicker’s fourth time claiming this honor, and the second time this year. After Penn State’s week one victory over Central Florida, Ficken was the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week following another 4-4 performance that included a 36-yard game winning field goal.

On Saturday, Ficken’s 48-yard field goal with 2:47 remaining put Penn State ahead 19-17. Ficken also added three field goals in the first half, providing the Nittany Lions’ lone source of offense to take a 9-7 lead into the locker room.

“He’s been playing extremely well,” head coach James Franklin said following the loss. “He’s an example of a guy who’s done everything right both on and off the field.”

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