Pat Freiermuth Named to Mackey Award Watch List

By John Morgan on July 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) runs with the ball past Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Tavin Richardson (11) and linebacker Chris Oats (22) during the second half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
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Penn State sophomore tight end Pat Freiermuth was named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Watch List on Friday. The award is presented annually to the nation's top tight end. It’s no surprise to 6-foot-5 sophomore on the list after a breakout campaign one year ago. He pulled in 26 receptions for 368 yards in his freshman season. His eight touchdowns lead all Penn State receivers.  

Jon Holland was named to the preseason Mackey Award Watch List heading into last season, but it didn’t take long for Freiermuth to emerge as the Nittany Lions top tight end. With Holland and Danny Dalton both gone, Freiermuth will lead the tight ends with Nick Bowers and redshirt freshman Zack Kuntz behind him battling for time.

Freiermuth was named a Freshman All-American by 247Sports, The Athletic, and ESPN. The Massachusetts native also earned honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and coaches. No Penn State player has ever won the award. Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson took home the hardware last season