A Look Back At Jordan Stout’s Versatile Penn State Career

The man who does it all is off to the NFL, folks.

Special teams star Jordan Stout had quite the career as a Nittany Lion after arriving in Happy Valley as a transfer from Virginia Tech in 2019. Not only did he establish himself as one of the best punters in the nation, but he was also a kickoff specialist, the team’s full-time time field goal kicker, and even Penn State’s fourth-down quarterback at one point.

With that said, it’s time to look back on Stout’s three-year career at Penn State before he officially heads off to the 2022 NFL Draft.

On June 1, 2019, Stout announced he’d take his talents to Penn State after spending two seasons with the Hokies. After serving as Virginia Tech’s kickoff specialist during the 2018 season, Stout stepped into the same role for the Nittany Lions in his first season with the team.

Stout quickly became a fan favorite for the Nittany Lions due to his strong right leg and likable personality. Heck, he even made up half of the “Flow Bros” with Blake Gillikin thanks to his luscious locks.

It became clear right away that Stout’s kickoff prowess would pay dividends for Penn State when his touchbacks practically became automatic. He finished with the fourth-most touchbacks in the FBS during that 2019 season.

In his first season with Penn State, Stout also served as the squad’s long-range field goal kicker. In the season opener against Idaho, Stout drilled a 53-yarder for his first-ever collegiate make. Then, two weeks later against Pitt, Stout came on right before halftime to attempt what would be a program-record 57-yard field goal.

He drilled it to tie the game for the Nittany Lions and put his name in the record books.

Stout would attempt one more field goal the rest of the season, but he continued booting the ball through the end zone and having fun. Do you remember when he auditioned to be a Rockette?

This wasn’t the only time Stout attempted to dance in front of the cameras. Right before the 2020 season, Stout showed off his atrocious impressive dance moves in Penn State football’s “Dance Cam” Twitter video. It may have been an attempt at a TikTok dance, but sheesh.

Dancing aside, the 2020 season was a huge one for Stout. With Gillikin’s off to the NFL, it was Stout’s time to become Penn State’s punter. While still serving as the team’s long-distance kicker and kickoff specialist, Stout held his own in his first season as a collegiate punter.

He averaged 41.5 yards per punt with a season-long of 56 yards. Additionally, he ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 7 nationally with an 84% touchback percentage on his kickoffs.

It may not have been the season he had hoped for as far as punting is concerned, but if anything, it served as a springboard for his incredible 2021 season that followed.

As if he didn’t already have a lot on his plate, Stout took over as the Nittany Lions’ full-time field goal kicker in 2021. Just to be clear: He was the punter, field goal kicker, and kickoff specialist. The extra responsibility didn’t seem to phase Stout, who turned in a remarkable season on multiple fronts.

The strong-legged specialist punted the ball 67 times and averaged 46 yards per punt. He pinned 35 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, booted 25 of them 50 or more yards, and had a longest punt of 76 yards. Not only did Stout show massive improvement from the previous season, but he gained national attention for his play.

Stout was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, which is annually given to the best punter in college football. Additionally, he won Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week four times, took home Big Ten Punter of the Year, and earned first-team All-Big Ten postseason honors, too.

Serving as Penn State’s kicker, Stout made 16-of-23 field goals and made all but two of his extra points. While he wasn’t as efficient as he would’ve liked, he still managed his workload well, and he served as a key contributor all season long for the Nittany Lions.

Obviously, he continued his kickoff brilliance for the third consecutive year, proving to be as reliable as ever with his touchback ability.

On the team’s trip to Iowa City, Stout turned in one of his better performances of the season. Not only did punt the ball ridiculously well that day and go 5-for-5 on touchbacks, but he also was responsible for eight points, including a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Stout’s 2021 season was also filled with trickery — some good, some bad. Facing a 4th and 6 against Michigan, the Nittany Lions ran a fake that saw Stout complete a pass to Curtis Jacobs for 18 yards.

In that same game, the Nittany Lions ran another fake, but that wasn’t quite as successful. Rafael Checa tossed the ball to Stout on a fake field goal, but there was absolutely nowhere for Stout to go. It was a crazy play, honestly.

Then, of course, who could forget Penn State’s fake punt in the Outback Bowl that saw Stout launch the ball 50 yards? No, seriously. That happened.

Stout impressively broke a tackle in the process, and my goodness he has a cannon. He really was Pen State’s fourth-down signal-caller. The result wasn’t there, but that’s certainly a play that won’t soon be forgotten.

Now primed for success at the next level, Stout gave the world a glimpse of what he’s capable of throughout an impressive Penn State career. There’s a lot more in his skillset than just punting, and we wouldn’t be too surprised to see him throw some passes once he hits the NFL.

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About the Author

Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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