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Oct 11, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (5) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Bursting onto the scene in 2014, DaeSean Hamilton became one of the most sure-handed recruits in the Big Ten. Christian Hackenberg developed an unbreakable connection with his newest wide receiver as the redshirt freshman caught 82 passes for 899 yards and two scores.

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Not many people saw him sky-rocketing like that almost overnight, but the former three-star recruit was explosive and his route-running ability was obvious.

Coming into the 2015 season, Hamilton is now a Biletnikoff Award candidate (nation’s top receiver) and he will be Hackenberg’s favorite target in an improved offense. Let’s just say that another year of chemistry between the talented QB and this receiver should be scary for Big Ten opponents to think about.

It didn’t take Hamilton long to turn heads with Penn State as he literally blew up overnight, catching 11 passes for 165 yards in his first career game a year ago against UCF. He followed that up with three more 100-yard games and began to look like a true No. 1 in a somewhat complacent offense.

Hamilton will be the best receiver in the conference by the end of the season, mark my words.

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