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Lions adding QB’s brother

Penn State landed a recruit with a familiar last name Sunday when three-star receiver Liam Clifford committed to the Nittany Lions.

Clifford is the younger brother of PSU starting quarterback Sean Clifford.

Liam Clifford is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. He’s rated the No. 16 athlete and No. 48 overall prospect from Ohio.

Clifford chose PSU over Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt, Cincinnati and Michigan State.

Sean Clifford tweeted this out Sunday after his brother’s commitment: “Couldn’t be happier! Love you dawg! So proud to call you my brother! Made a great decision to join the family!”

Hamler honored

Sophomore receiver KJ Hamler earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after his outstanding all-around performance in Saturday’s win over No. 16 Michigan on Saturday night.

In addition, Hamler was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll this week.

The Pontiac, Mich., native had six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the victory against his home-state Wolverines. He also had 6 rushing yards, 65 kickoff return yards and 7 punt return yards for a total of 186 all-purpose yards.

This is the second straight week a Nittany Lion has claimed conference honors, with punter Blake Gillikin claiming Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 14. Hamler is the first Penn State wideout to win weekly accolades since DaeSean Hamilton won the award after the Indiana game in 2017.

The Paul Hornung Award is presented by the Louisville Sports Commission to the most versatile player in major college football. Saquon Barkley won the honor in 2017 and Hamler was a finalist for the honor in 2018.

The performance was Hamler’s fourth career 100-yard game and second of the season and was his second career game with two receiving scores.

Hamler has had a catch in all 20 games in his career. With the performance, Hamler moved into 20th place on Penn State’s career receiving yards list with 1,317. He has 11 catches of 20 or more yards, including three grabs of 50 or more yards.

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