Jalen Hamler, Quarterback, Freshman, 6-1, 195, Los Angeles, Calif. | Lawndale HS
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Jalen Hamler completed his first six passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns before the first half came to a close.
The Lawndale High School graduate, now a redshirt freshman at Cal Poly, also ran for two touchdowns and accumulated 317 yards of total offense.
All of that in his first game in a Mustang uniform.
For his performance in Saturday’s season-opening 52-34 victory over San Diego inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium, Hamler is the first Mechanics Bank Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week for the 2019-20 academic year.
On Monday, Hamler was named ROOT SPORTS Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week and he also garnered national attention from STATS FCS, College Sports Madness and College Football Performance Awards.
Hamler finished the game 8-for-11 for 221 yards and three scores in the passing department, averaging 27.6 yards per completion, and accumulated 96 rushing yards on 17 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per trip.
Today, Hamler is No. 1 in the Big Sky in passing efficiency (331.5 rating), No. 2 in points responsible for (30) and No. 3 in total offense (317 yards per game).
Hamler connected with J.J. Koski on 55- and 23-yard touchdown passes and Quentin Harrison on a 60-yarder. He also ran three and 38 yards for scores.
Of his eight completions in the game, four were for 23 or more yards. Cal Poly produced nine plays of 20 or more yards in the game, including an 87-yard touchdown run by Duy Tran-Sampson.
Hamler was a redshirt last fall after passing for 4,372 yards and 49 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 342 attempts and rushing for 1,437 yards and 21 more scores in his varsity career at Lawndale High School.
Cal Poly plays its next three games on the road, beginning Saturday with a non-conference contest at Big Sky member Weber State. The Mustangs also visit Oregon State of the Pac-12 on Sept. 14 and, after a bye, opens Big Sky play at Southern Utah on Sept. 28.