Tight End Jonathan Holland No Longer With Penn State

By Dan Smith on July 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Jonathan Holland (18) runs after a catch against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field.
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Redshirt senior tight end Jonathan Holland is no longer part of the Penn State football program, according to an updated roster released by the university on Tuesday.

Holland opened the 2018 season as the starter at tight end, replacing all-Big Ten second round draft pick Mike Gesicki, but saw himself quickly overtaken by true freshman standout Pat Frieirmuth. The freshman eclipsed Holland in playing time in just the second game of the year, and once Nick Bowers got healthy for the start of Big Ten play, Holland essentially fell out of the rotation entirely, appearing in just three more games in garbage time.

With the departure of Holland and the earlier transfer of Danny Dalton, the Nittany Lions are down to four scholarship tight ends. They return Frieirmuth and Bowers, redshirt freshman Zack Kuntz, and true freshman Brenton Strange.

Holland finished the 2018 season with 7 receptions for 114 yards.

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