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Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
McSorley throws for Big Ten Championship game-record 384 yards and four touchdowns in win
Sophomore also tabbed B1G Running Back of the Year; McSorley and Gesicki named to second team
The Nittany Lions clinched a share of the Big Ten East Division Title with a win over the Spartans.
McSorley threw for 332 yards and totaled three touchdowns on the day.
Jan. 2, 2017
Check out the Penn State USATSI photo gallery from the game against Michigan State.
The Nittany Lions defeat Indiana, on November 12, 2016.
Sept. 3, 2016
Penn State defeats Maryland 31-30 after Hackenberg throws for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Career: Caught at least one pass in 34-straight games to begin his career, a streak that was snapped vs. Iowa (11/5)...Has at least one catch in 38 of 40 career games...Ranks tied for No. 4 on Penn State’s all-time receptions list with 161 catches...Ranks 10th on Penn State’s all-time receiving yardage list (1,985)...Has 16 career games with five-plus receptions...Is one of just 14 Nittany Lions with 100-plus career receptions, joining former teammate Chris Godwin (154; 2014-16) and current assistant coach Terry Smith (108; 1989-91)...Hamilton and Godwin were just the second set of teammates with 100-plus career receptions, joining Derrick Williams, Jordan Norwood and Deon Butler (2005-08).
Season: His 82 catches in 2014 rank second on Penn State’s single-season charts, trailing only Allen Robinson (97 in 2013)...Broke the Penn State freshman season records for receptions and receiving yards in 2014...In just the sixth game of the season, broke the Penn State freshman record for receptions in a season with his second of seven catches at Michigan, passing Deon Butler’s mark of 37 from the 2005 season...Set the program freshman record for receiving yards in a season against Maryland, passing Butler’s mark of 691 yards in 2005...One of just six Penn State freshmen to record a 100-yard receiving game and his four 100-yard efforts are the most by a Penn State freshman, surpassing Butler’s two from 2005.
Game: Broke the Penn State freshman records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (165) in a game in 2014...Broke the Penn State game reception record with 14 catches against No. 13 Ohio State.
➤ 2016 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the third time in his career.
Season: Appeared in all 14 games with 13 starts.
Kent State (9/3): Had two catches for nine yards and one touchdown. at Pitt (9/10): Hauled in a game-high eight receptions for 82 yards...Caught the 2-point conversion pass from Trace McSorley that pulled Penn State within three points with 5:00 to play in the game...Had one tackle. Temple (9/17): Collected two catches for 50 yards...Closed the third quarter with a 45-yard catch-and-run to set up a 30-yard Tyler Davis field goal...Recovered a Temple on-side kick attempt late in the fourth quarter. at Michigan (9/24): Made one catch for 11 yards...Gained 11 yards and a first down on Penn State’s touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Minnesota (10/1): Pulled down three passes for 17 yards. Maryland (10/8): Made two grabs for 35 yards. Ohio State (10/22): Had one catch for 34 yards on Penn State’s first scoring drive. at Purdue (10/29): Made one catch for 14 yards. at Indiana (11/12): Caught three passes for 85 yards...Hauled in a career-long 54-yard catch to set up the first rushing touchdown of the game for Saquon Barkley. at Rutgers (11/19): Caught two passes for 35 yards. Michigan State (11/26): Got Penn State’s second scoring drive started with a leaping grab for 16 yards on the sideline for his only catch of the game. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Pulled down a game-high eight catches, which ranks second in Big Ten Championship Game history (9; Keshawn Martin, MSU)...Totaled 118 yards receiving on the night for his fifth career 100-yard game...Caught all eight targets, with five of his catches going for first downs...Had receptions of 38 and 25 yards on Penn State’s go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Big Ten from the media...Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Season: Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts.
at Temple (9/5): Made one catch for five yards. Buffalo (9/12): Tied for second on the team with three catches for 15 yards...Caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to begin the fourth quarter. Rutgers (9/19): Made a team-high five grabs for 86 yards...Caught a 48-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg in the second quarter, the longest pass play of the season for Penn State. San Diego State (9/26): Tied for game high with five receptions (Godwin)...Totaled 40 yards on his five receptions. Army (10/3): Grabbed one pass for 12 yards...Made his lone catch on third-and-4 to move the chains prior to Nick Scott’s 11-yard touchdown run. Indiana (10/10): Caught two passes for 49 yards...Had a 39-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. at Ohio State (10/17): Caught two passes for 13 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. vs. Maryland (10/24): Caught five passes for 96 yards and one touchdown...Had three catches of 20-plus yards...Made a 20-yard touchdown grab midway through the third quarter...Hauled in a 38-yard reception on Penn State’s first scoring drive of the game...Had a 24-yard reception that helped set up Joe Julius’ 40-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Illinois (10/31): Caught four passes for 54 yards...Had three third down catches to extend two of Penn State’s scoring drive...Grabbed a 19-yard pass to convert on third-and-16 on the opening drive of the third quarter, leading to the Nick Scott completion to Christian Hackenberg for a touchdown. at Northwestern (11/7): Grabbed three passes for 56 yards and one touchdown...Made a 32-yard reception on a reverse pass from fellow wide receiver Geno Lewis, diving into the end zone for the score. Michigan (11/21): Caught one pass for five yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Grabbed eight passes for 78 yards. vs. Georgia (1/2): Grabbed five passes for 71 yards and one touchdown...Caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter to pull Penn State within seven points with 6:14 to play.
➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Selected to the College Football News (second team) and Athlon Sports (third team) Freshman All-America teams...Tabbed second-team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the coaches...Named All-Big Ten second team by Phil Steele’s College Football...Selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports...Was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the first time in his career.
Season: Started all 13 games in his first season on the field...Led the Big Ten in receptions from start to finish.
Final Rankings: Led the Big Ten with 82 receptions, ranked fourth with 69.2 receiving yards per game and fifth with 889 receiving yards...Paced the conference and finished 28th nationally with 6.3 receptions per game...Only freshman averaging more than 5.8 catches per game in the NCAA and was one of six freshmen that averaged 70.0 or more receiving yards per game.
UCF (8/30): Started his first career game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Broke the Penn State freshman record for receiving yards (165) and catches (11)...Selected Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week...Became the first Nittany Lion freshman since 2005 to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a game (Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood)...His 165-yard performance ranks tied for 13th in Penn State history...Hamilton and Geno Lewis became the eighth pair of teammates to record 100-plus receiving yards in the same game and the first tandem to log 150-plus yards in the same game in school history...Of his 165 receiving yards, 107 came in the first half, including a 44-yard catch to set up first-and-goal from the UCF 3-yard line. Akron (9/6): Led the team with seven catches (69 yards) in the win. at Rutgers (9/13): Hauled in a team-high eight passes for 103 yards...Caught a 47-yard pass in the third quarter that led to a field goal...Combined with Geno Lewis to give Penn State multiple games with two receivers over 100 yards for the first time since 1994 (Bobby Engram and Freddie Scott; three times). UMass (9/20): Ranked second on the team with four catches for 65 yards, including a 35-yard reception that set up a Penn State touchdown in the second quarter. Northwestern (9/27): Led the team with 100 yards receiving and six catches, including a 51-yard reception in the second quarter. at Michigan (10/11): Caught his first career touchdown pass on a 10-yard scoring strike in the second quarter, highlighting a seven-catch, 58-yard effort...With his second of seven receptions at Michigan, moved past Deon Butler’s school freshman record for catches in a season. Ohio State (10/25): Broke the Penn State game receptions record and in the process his own freshmen receptions record with 14 catches for 126 yards to earn his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award...Made three catches on the Nittany Lions’ 77-yard game-tying drive late in regulation to force overtime. Maryland (11/1): Rewrote the program record for yards in a season by a freshman in a five-catch, 42-yard performance, finishing the game with 728 yards, passing Deon Butler’s mark of 691 in 2005. at Indiana (11/8): Caught two passes (33 yards) in the win. Temple (11/15): Tallied a team-high four grabs (26 yards). Michigan State (11/29): Hauled in six passes for 55 yards. Vs. Boston College (12/27): One of three receivers with seven catches, which tied him for second in the Penn State bowl game record books...Accounted for 51 yards and made his second touchdown catch of the season, a 16-yard grab in traffic midway through the fourth quarter, to tie the game at 21-21.
➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
Redshirt season due to a wrist injury.
➤ High School
One of the top playmakers in Virginia, a four-year letterman at wide receiver for head coach Lou Sorrentino at Mountain View High School...As a senior, named honorable-mention all-state and earned first-team all-district, all-area and all-region honors...Made 64 catches for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior to earn Commonwealth District Offensive Player of the Year...A two-time team captain...Garnered honorable-mention all-state, as well as first-team all-district, all-area and all-region as a junior...Invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Game...Ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Ranked among the top 20 recruits in the state of Virginia and was a Top 60 wide receiver, according to all four recruiting services...Graduated with honors and earned an advanced diploma from Mountain View, while attaining Academic All-Conference during his career...Lettered three times in basketball.
Full name is DaeSean Kameron Hamilton...Son of Johnie and Madgeline Hamilton...Has two brothers, Ahmad and Darius, and two sisters, Danielle and Jasmine...Both parents were members of the United States Marine Corps...Enjoys strength conditioning, video games and reading...Graduated in December with his degree in advertising and public relations...Is working on his second degree in telecommunications...Born March 10, 1995 in Okinawa, Japan.