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KJ Hamler Named To Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List

Watch list season is fully underway as the start of college football’s 2019 season draws near, and Penn State football star KJ Hamler found his name on yet another preseason award list.

This time, the speedy playmaker was named to the preseason watch list of the Biletnikoff Award, which is annually awarded to the nation’s best wide receiver. Hamler is also on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the sport’s top player every year.

As a redshirt freshman, Hamler stole the show among Penn State’s group of wide receivers in 2018. He led the team in receptions (42) and receiving yards (754) while finishing second on the team with five touchdown grabs. The wideout also ran for a 32-yard score against Pitt, but he wasn’t used all that much in the run game as a whole with just 44 yards on five carries throughout the season.

Hamler wasn’t exactly a top contender for regular playing time entering last year’s training camp, but he put together an excellent month of August to force his way into the starting equation. He’s blossomed into a star at this level ever since, and he’ll be tasked with handling the leadership duties among a very young, but talented group of wide receivers that includes guys like Justin Shorter, Jahan Dotson, and Daniel George this season.

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Mikey Mandarino

In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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