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KJ Hamler

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KJ Hamler
Penn State Nittany Lions – No. 1
PositionWide Receiver
MajorDivision of Undergrad Studies
Career history
  • Penn State (2017–present)
High schoolBradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Personal information
Born: (1999-07-08) July 8, 1999 (age 21)
Pontiac, Michigan
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight173 lb (78 kg)

KJ Hamler, full name Kahlee Jacoby Hamler (born July 8, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference.[1]

Early years[edit]

KJ moved from his hometown in Pontiac, Michigan to Florida to play his final high year of football as a senior at IMG Academy. The IMG Academy is known for helping to groom potential college football athletes and a recruiting mecca as the campus is swarmed with recruiters evaulating talent for the next level. [2] Unfortunately, before his first career game at IMG Academy, KJ tore his ACL. [3] Prior to transferring to IMG Academeny, Hamler was a two year letterman at St. Mary's Preparatory School in Orchard Lake, Michigan. In his two years at St. Mary's he helped lead the Eaglets to the Division 3 State Championship. He was rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three star prospect by 247Sports. Known for his speed, he also ran track for two seasons, earning the Team MVP and Screaming Eagle Award. [1]

College career[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

KJ redshirted his first year as a freshman. Penn State opted to be conservative with KJ Hamler since he was coming off of an ACL injury sustained the year before. [3]

Redshirt freshman year[edit]

In the first game of his collegiate career against Appalachian State, Hamler returned a kickoff return 52 yards with less than 2 minutes on the clock to help spark a game-tying drive. He capped the drive off with a 15 yard TD reception with under a minute remaining, ending the game with 3 catches for 67 yeards and a TD. [4] In the biggest game of his career against Ohio State, Hamler was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after recording 4 receptions for 138 yards, including a 93 yard touchdown. Through five games, Hamler has recorded 13 receptions for 308 yards and 4 TDs in his first season as a collegiate athlete. [5]


KJ is the son of Latonya Gooding and Thomas Hamler. He has one older sister, Michelle Hamler. He enjoys drawing as a hobby. KJ Hamler's nickname is the human joystick in which he earned because he is known for his quick shifty moves on full display since arriving in Happy Valley. He is believed to possess 4.34 speed.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "KJ Hamler PSU Bio". Penn State Football. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  2. Dellenger, Ross (2016-02-20). "One-stop shop IMG Academy, rapidly becoming college football recruiting mecca, unlike any other high school in world". theadvocate.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Murphy, Dan (2018-09-28). "Meet the offensive stars leading Penn State in the post-Saquon era". espn.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. Bodani, Frank (2 September 2018). "Penn State finds a hero and more in fast-talking, big-play K.J. Hamler". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. Slanina, Jared (1 October 2018). "KJ Hamler Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. "Here's why Penn State WR KJ Hamler will never forget his nickname; Centre Daily Times". centredaily.com. 2018-08-11. Retrieved 2018-10-05.

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