The woes of Penn State’s passing attack through three games had a particularly negative effect on receiver Saeed Blacknall. A sophomore pegged by many as a potential breakout player for the Nittany Lions due to his size and speed, Blacknall was a non-factor through the third week of the season.
As in zero catches for zero yards.
But that all changed midway though the first quarter against San Diego State at Beaver Stadium Saturday. On second-and-11 from the PSU 48, quarterback Christian Hackenberg launched a bomb down the right sideline.
Blacknall hauled it in behind Aztec DB Kalan Montgomery for a career-long 45-yard gain that set up PSU’s first score. The career-best grab lasted until the second quarter, when Blacknall topped it with a 46-yard reception.
He finished the game with four catches for 101 yards. Prior to Saturday, Blacknall had 112 receiving yards in his Penn State career.
We caught up with him after the game to see how difficult the first three weeks of the season were and what it felt to break out with such a big game. Check it out about.