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PSU P Barney Amor Honored by Big Ten

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Barney Amor

Penn State punter Barney Amor has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Penn State’s 17-7 win over Northwestern at Beaver Stadium this past Saturday.

Against Northwestern, Amor punted five times for 200 yards, averaging 40 yards per kick. Four of Amor’s five punts landed inside the 20 and three landed inside the 10.

14 of Amor’s 23 punts through five games this season have landed inside the 20, and 12 have landed inside the 10.

Amor has been excellent thus far this season, and some Penn State fans would be surprised to know that this is the first time Amor has received Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Big Ten.

The last Penn State player to win Special Teams Player of the Week was Amor’s predecessor, Jordan Stout, who won it for his performance against Auburn Sept. 18, 2021.

Amor has been one of the best stories of Penn State’s 5-0 start. Before coming to Penn State, Amor played at Colgate from 2017-2019 before the team’s 2020 season was cancelled became of COVID-19.

When Amor got to Penn State, he had to play behind Stout, who became an All-American, a Ray Guy Award finalist and arguably the best punter in college football last season.

Now, Amor finally has a chance to shine at the highest level of college football, and he’s making the most of it.

“There’s a lot of things that, especially just throughout my journey, that have kind of been uncontrollable, you know?” Amor told reporters via zoom this past Tuesday. “So make the most out of everything. Just enjoy it.”

His head coach is enjoying it as well.

“Talk about a guy that’s maximized his experience,” James Franklin said in his weekly press conference  the same day. “I think he’s got seven degrees now or seven pieces of paper, whether they’re degrees or certificates or whatever it is, from a combination of his previous institution [Colgate] as well as at Penn State. He’s just been phenomenal.”

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