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Junior quarterback named to his fourth preseason watch list
Redshirt sophomore wide out among candidates for the Nation’s Top Receiver
Hackenberg and Hamilton among candidates for Maxwell Award, while Zettel is a nominee for Bednarik Award
Zettel earns preseason first-team All-America, All-Big honors from Phil Steele's College Football Preview
Nittany Lions and Buckeyes meet under the lights Oct. 17 on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 for the fourth-straight season
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➤ 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 second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele’s College Football and to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com...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...Broke the Penn State freshman records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (165) in a game and season in 2014...His 82 receptions rank second in a season in school history, trailing only Allen Robinson (97 in 2013)...Broke the Penn State game reception record with 14 catches against No. 13 Ohio State...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...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 and became the first Nittany Lion freshman since 2005 to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a game (Butler and Jordan Norwood)...His 165-yard performance ranks 12th 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 in the 13-10 come-from-behind win...Caught a 47-yard pass in the third quarter that led to a field goal...Combined with 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 in the 48-7 win, 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 career-long 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, he moved past 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 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). At Illinois (11/22): Made one catch for 6 yards. Michigan State (11/29): Hauled in six passes for 55 yards. Boston College (12/27): One of three receivers with seven catches in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, which tied him for No. 2 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...Made two catches in the 2014 Blue-White game.
➤ 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.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com...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...Father was a member of the United States Marine Corps...Enjoys strength conditioning, video games and reading...Plans to major in communications and pursue a career in sports broadcasting...Born March 10, 1995 in Okinawa, Japan.
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