After briefly considering leaving Penn State one year early to declare for the NFL Draft, Mike Gesicki chose to play out his final year of eligibility in Happy Valley. As a result, he will enter the 2017 season as one of, if not the, top returning tight end in the entire country.
In a recent piece from Campus Insiders, Gesicki was ranked as the second-best tight end coming back in 2017, just behind Wisconsin's Tony Fumagalli. Here's what they had to say about one of the key cogs in the Penn State offense.
The 6-foot-6 Gesicki is long and lean, with the hops to be borderline impossible to defend on jump balls. And his catch-radius is enormous, an added bonus for quarterback Trace McSorley. After a quiet first half to his career, Gesicki really came into his own in 2016, catching 48 passes for 679 yards and five touchdowns. With another offseason to add muscle and work on his blocking, he’s hoping to move closer to being this season’s best all-around tight end.
In addition to the stats listed above, Gesicki also averaged 14.1 yards per reception in 2016, making him a very steady and reliable target for quarterback Trace McSorley. The big tight end will look to continue providing the offense with its favorite check down option and downfield mismatch nightmare in 2017.
Also listed, just behind Gesicki, is former Penn State and current UMass tight end Adam Breneman. It warms our collective hearts at Roar Lions Roar to see the former Nittany Lion doing so well, no matter where he's playing his college football these days.