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Stout Garners Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week

Senior averaged 46.3 yards per punt, hit a 50-yard field goal in win over Indiana

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State senior kicker/punter Jordan Stout was tabbed the Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday. Stout had a major role in No. 4/4 Penn State’s 24-0 win over Indiana on Saturday.

The senior averaged 46.3 yards per punt on six attempts. He launched a 51-yard punt and a 50-yard punt while placing four inside the 20 and one inside the 10.

Stout has 14 punts of 50 or more yards in his career, including 11 this season. Stout has landed 10 punts inside the 20 this season and 22 inside the 20 in his career.

In the fourth quarter, Stout hit a 50-yard field goal attempt. It was his fourth career 50+ yard field goal.

Stout sits second all-time at Penn State in 50-yard field goals made behind only Chris Bahr (6; 1973-75).

Stout averaged 64.8 yards per kickoff, landing four for touchbacks. Stout has a touchback on 28 of 30 kickoffs this season. Stout’s 93.3 touchback percentage is the highest in the FBS among kickers with 30 or more kickoffs. Stout has yet to allow a kickoff return this season.

Stout has served as Penn State’s kicker, punter and kickoff specialist all season as one of four players in the FBS handling all three duties, joining San Diego State’s Matt Araiza, Texas’ Cameron Dicker and UConn’s Joe McFadden.

The Virginia native ranks seventh in the nation, and third in the Big Ten, with a 48.5 punt average this season. Stout averaged at least 50.0 yards per punt in each of the first three games of the season.

Stout is a major reason for Penn State’s 45.12 net punting average, which ranks fourth in the FBS and second in the Big Ten.

Led by Stout, Penn State has only had one opponent drive start in Penn State territory this season. Penn State’s opponents have an average starting field position this year of 24.8 (yard line), good for eighth in the country.

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Petras named to O’Brien Award Great 8


IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior quarterback Spencer Petras has been named to the Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 for his play in Iowa’s 51-14 win at Maryland Friday evening. The award is the first for Petras, who is now on the midseason Watch List for the 2021 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The winner of the national Quarterback of the Week will be announced Tuesday.

With their fifth straight win to open the season and 11th straight victory overall, Petras and the Hawkeyes moved to No. 3 in the national rankings following their win at Maryland.

Petras (6-foot-5, 233-pounds) led the Iowa offense to points on eight straight possessions as the Hawkeyes took advantage of six pass interceptions and seven turnovers overall. Petras completed 21-30 pass attempts for 259 yards and three touchdowns. His scoring strikes covered 8, 7, and 67-yards, which is the longest completion of his career.

Petras also scored two touchdowns, each time scoring from the one-yard line. He is the first Iowa quarterback to throw and rush for multiple touchdowns in a game since Brad Banks against Minnesota in 2002.

Petras, a native of San Rafael, California, has completed 85-137 pass attempts for 943 yards through five games, with seven touchdowns and just one interception. He also has three rushing touchdowns.

Petras and the Hawkeyes return home Saturday to host No. 4 Penn State (3 p.m. CT, FOX) on Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium.



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