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