Penn State punt kicker Sam Ficken, center, a senior, stands beside freshman punt kicker Luke Hayek (96) as they watch from the sideline during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Fordham University's Field House in New York. Penn State is scheduled to play Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Derek Jeter’s former No. 2 locker was the place holder for Penn State kicker Sam Ficken.
Ficken had the honor of using the retired Jeter’s locker for Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium against Boston College.
— Tony Mancuso (@GoPSUTony) December 27, 2014
Ficken had the best season of his four-year career, making 23 of 28 field goals and connected on a 36-yarder as time expired for a 26-24 win the season opener against Central Florida. He is Penn State’s special teams’ captain.
Unlike Jeter’s range at shortstop, Penn State was counting on Ficken not to go wide left or wide right.
UPDATE: In Jeterish fashion, Ficken kicked an extra point in overtime to deliver Penn State a walkoff win, 31-30.