ESPN released their Freshman All-America team on Wednesday with two Nittany Lions making the cut. Linebacker Micah Parsons and tight end Pat Freiermuth were selected to the team after standout rookie seasons. Parsons and Friermuth were two of 15 true freshmen to make their debuts for Penn State this season.
Parsons appeared in all 12 games and finished the regular season with a 69 tackles, four of which were for a loss. He also was credited with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The much heralded five-star recruit from Harrisburg signed with Penn State last December, and enrolled the following month.
Freiermuth appeared in 11 games for the Nittany Lions, haulting in 24 receptions for 330 yards, and team high seven scores. Like Parsons, the former four-star recruit from Massachusetts signed with Penn State last December and was an early enrollee.
Back in September, Nick posted an article in which he made the case for both players to start. Though Parsons only started two games, his snaps increased over the season. Freiermuth, on the other hand, emerged as the top tight end at the position, and was credited with five starts on the campaign.
Look for both players to have a big impact in next month's Citrus Bowl vs. Kentucky.
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