Jordan Stout may well be the top punter in the nation.
He's also trending as quite possibly the top all-around special teams player in Penn State history. He's got two more shots in a Nittany Lion uniform, starting with Saturday's regular-season finale at Michigan State.
Stout, a senior, has been named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top punter. The winner will be announced during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show (Dec. 9, ESPN).
He's the highest graded punter among those finalists, has the fewest punt return yards allowed and the longest average hang time (4.36 seconds), according to Pro Football Focus.
He owns Penn State’s best career punt average (44.71), leading by 1.58 yards per punt. He also holds Penn State’s highest season punt average (46.47).
But he's much more than that.
Stout has excelled as Penn State’s kicker, for both field goals and extra points, kickoff specialist — as well as punting — in all 11 games this season. He's one of only four FBS players handling all duties.
He's the second specialist in Big Ten history to earn Special Teams Player of the Week in a season four times, most recently against Rutgers.
What time does Penn State vs. Michigan State start today?
The Nittany Lions and Scarlet Knights will kick off at 3:30 p.m.
What TV channel for Penn State vs. Michigan State today?
The game will be broadcast on ABC.
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What are the odds for Penn State vs. Michigan State?
Penn State is favored by 4.5 points. The over/under is 51.5 points, according to Tipico Sportsbook.
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Game day details
TV: This crew will work their second Penn State game in three weeks — Sean McDonough on play-by-play, former Nittany Lion quarterback Todd Blackledge on color and Molly McGrath reporting from the sideline.
Radio: WSBA 910 AM, WGLD 1440 AM
Listen online: Penn State Sports Online Audio
Weather: Snow showers in the afternoon with some accumulation in the evening hours. Temperatures hovering around 30. Light winds.
Rankings: Penn State (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) is unranked for the second straight week. Michigan State (9-2, 6-2) is No. 12 in the Associated Press poll; No. 13 in the AFCA Coaches poll.
Series: Penn State has won the past two meetings to tie it at 17-17-1.
Trophy time again: Saturday's winner claims the bulky Land Grant Trophy, honoring the histories of both universities. Each was founded in 1855, Michigan State on Feb. 12 and Penn State on Feb. 22. The schools were the prototypes after which the Land Grant system was patterned.
Tough D: The Nittany Lions have shut out two Big Ten opponents (Indiana, Rutgers) for the first since joining the Big Ten in 1993. They are allowing only 15.5 points per game, best in the Big Ten and No. 4 nationally.
Part II: Penn State is allowing opponents only a 62.2 conversion rate in the red zone this season, best in the Big Ten and No. 3 nationally
Streaking: Penn State's defense has forced a turnover in 17-straight games — tied for the nation's second-longest streak with Oklahoma. Baylor leads with 19 games. The Lions have forced 25 turnovers during this streak (16 interceptions, nine fumbles).
In good hands: Jahan Dotson is the only Power Five receiver (one of two in the entire FBS) with at least 83 receptions, 1,045 yards and 10 touchdowns in their first 11 games. He's the only Penn State receiver in history with five or more catches in 12 straight games.
AK keeps firing: Senior transfer defensive end Arnold Ebiketie ranks second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game (1.5; 7th nationally) and third in sacks per game (0.86; 14th). He's second among Power Five defensive linemen in tackles for loss and third in total tackles (58).
Head coach: James Franklin (67-32, 8th season at Penn State; 91-47, 11th season overall)
Last three seasons
2020: 4-5 (4-5 Big Ten)
2019: 11-2 (7-2 Big Ten)
2018: 9-4 (6-3 Big Ten)
9/4 at Wisconsin, W, 16-10
9/11 BALL STATE, W, 44-13
9/18 AUBURN, W, 28-20
9/25 VILLANOVA, W, 38-17
10/2 INDIANA, W, 24-0
10/9 at Iowa, L, 20-23
10/23 ILLINOIS, L, 18-20 (9 OTs)
10/30 at Ohio State, L, 24-33
11/6 at Maryland, W, 31-14
11/13 MICHIGAN, L, 17-21
11/20 RUTGERS, W, 28-0
11/27 at Michigan State
Sr. WR Jahan Dotson (83 receptions, 1,045 yards, 95 ypg., 10 TDs; 14 punt returns, 104 yards, 7.4 avg.)
So. WR Parker Washington (53 receptions, 662 yards, 60.2 ypg., 3 TDs)
So. WR KeAndre Lambert-Smith (29 receptions, 426 yards, 38.7 ypg., 2 TDs)
So. RB Keyvone Lee (89 carries, 416 yards, 4.7 ypc, 2 TDs; 9 receptions, 83 yards)
Sr. QB Sean Clifford (224-of-362 passing, 61.9%, 2,599 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs)
Sr. LB Ellis Brooks (91 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 1.0 sack)
So. LB Brandon Smith (76 tackles, 9.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, 5 pass break-ups, 3 QB hits, forced fumble)
Sr. DE Arnold Ebiketie (58 tackles, 16.0 TFLs, 9.5 sacks, 7 QB hits, 2 forced fumbles, 2 blocked kicks)
Sr. S Ji'Ayir Brown (57 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 4 INTs, 4 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, forced fumble)
Sr. S Jaquan Brisker (56 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 2 INTs, 5 pass break-ups, fumble recovery)
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Head coach: Mel Tucker (11-7, 2nd season at Michigan State; 16-14, 3rd season overall)
Last three seasons
2020 record: 2-5 (2-5 Big Ten)
2019 record: 7-6 (4-5 Big Ten)
2018 record: 7-6 (5-4 Big Ten)
9/3 at Northwestern, W, 38-21
9/11 YOUNGSTOWN STATE, W, 42-14
9/18 at Miami, W, 38-17
9/25 NEBRASKA, W, 23-20 (OT)
10/2 WESTERN KENTUCKY, W, 48-31
10/9 at Rutgers, W, 31-13
10/16 at Indiana, W, 20-15
10/30 MICHIGAN, W, 37-33
11/6 at Purdue, L, 29-40
11/13 MARYLAND, W, 40-21
11/20 at Ohio State, L, 7-56
11/27 PENN STATE
Jr. WR Jayden Reed (47 receptions, 857 yards, 77.9 ypg., 7 TDs; 6 carries, 42 yards, TD; 16 kickoff returns, 376 yards, 23.5 avg.; 10 punt returns, 213 yards, 21.3 avg., 2 TDs)
Jr. WR Jalen Nailor (31 receptions, 587 yards, 73.4 ypg., 6 TDs; 4 kickoff returns, 65 yards, 16.3 avg.)
So. WR Tre Mosley (29 receptions, 463 yards, 42.1 ypg., 2 TDs)
Jr. RB Kenneth Walker III (233 carries, 1,498 yards, 6.4 avg., 17 TDs; 13 receptions, 89 yards, TD)
So. QB Payton Thorne (187-of-309 passing, 60.5%, 2,618 yards, 22 TDs, 8 INTs; 64 carries, 138 yards, 2.2 avg., 3 TDs)
Sr. S Xavier Henderson (89 tackles, 10.0 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, INT, forced fumble)
So. S Darius Snow (79 tackles, 5.0 TFL, INT, fumble recovery)
Jr. LB Quavaris Crouch (75 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 3 QB hits, fumble recovery, forced fumble)
Sr. DE Jacub Panasiuk (28 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, 9 QB hits, 2 fumble recoveries, forced fumble)
So. DE Jeff Pietrowski (28 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 5.5 TFLS, 3 QB hits, fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles)
Frank Bodani covers Penn State football for the York Daily Record and USA Today Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @YDRPennState.
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