Tiny Penn State Freshman Makes Huge Play

Rookie Brandon Polk is one of the smallest Nittany Lions. But he could be THE most explosive. Watch him break one at practice.


Penn State freshman receiver Brandon Polk is adding a different dimension to the Nittany Lion offense this preseason. Though small, the Virginia native is explosive.

How explosive?

During the open portion of Wednesday's practice, Polk took a sweep and raced around the left edge of the defense. He put a shake move on fellow rookie (and cornerback) John Reid, and was gone.

Teammates hooted and hollered as Polk blew down the sideline.

"Polk is fast as lightening," fellow receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. "He's a little lightening bug. When he's out there he's making plays. We give him sweeps and stuff like that. … He's a (threat) to score every time he touches the ball."

Polk is listed at 5-foot-9, 163 pounds. But he is coming up big so far in camp. And not just running and catching the ball.

In last Saturday's scrimmage, linebacker Jason Cabinda intercepted a Christian Hackenberg pass. He had one man to beat for the touchdown — the diminutive Polk.

"He took my legs out and he was the only guy I had to beat to score the touchdown," Cabinda lamented while recalling the play Wednesday. The 245-pound 'backer has not heard the end of it from coaches and teammates, and understands why.

"He's fast, but he is 5-foot-1, 110," Cabinda joked about Polk.

But he's proving that good — and explosive — things sometimes come in small packages.


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