Penn State receiver blocks out distractions

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton has the tendencies of an offensive lineman — he's all about protecting his quarterback.

The Penn State redshirt freshman who finished among the Big Ten's top five in three statistical categories says public criticism his team and his quarterback have taken is "annoying."

The Nittany Lions (6-6) will face Boston College (7-5) in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27.

Hackenberg led Penn State to a 7-5 season as a freshman under coach Bill O'Brien in 2013. This year's numbers were off pace under first-year coach James Franklin and an inexperienced offensive line.

He threw eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season, compared with 20 TDs and 10 interceptions last season. His completion percentage fell 4.5 percentage points and his passing yardage tumbled. He was also sacked 42 times.

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