Now that the offseason is upon us, there will be no end to the "way-too-early" pieces that are published between now and the start of fall camp. On Thursday, ESPN posted its "Way-Too-Early" All-American team for the 2020 season, which included two Nittany Lions that should get used to seeing their names on lists such as this – tight end Pat Freiermuth and linebacker Micah Parsons.
Here's what ESPN had to say about each of them.
Tight End - Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
- Even though he was a true sophomore, Freiermuth was eligible to make himself available for the NFL draft because he was three years removed from high school. (He did a postgraduate year in Massachusetts after graduating.) The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Freiermuth will be a major part of the Penn State offense in 2020 after catching 43 passes a year ago, including seven for touchdowns. He's equally effective as a run-blocker, making him a tough matchup for any defense.
Linebacker - Micah Parsons, Penn State
- At times, Parsons might have flown under the radar the past two seasons, but not any longer. He was everywhere in Penn State's Cotton Bowl win over Memphis with 14 tackles (including two sacks) and two forced fumbles, and he returns in 2020 as one of the top all-around linebackers in college football. The 6-3, 245-pound Parsons is an impact player on every down and one of the surest tacklers in the game.
By the time the 2020 season opener rolls around, Freiermuth and Parsons will be household names for college football and NFL fans alike (if they aren't already). Both could very well be first-round selections in the 2021 NFL Draft should they continue to perform and grow as they have through their first two seasons in Happy Valley.
The only other Big Ten players to be named to the team were Ohio State's Wyatt Davis (offensive guard) and Shaun Wade (cornerback). Alabama led all programs with four players named. No other team had more than two, with Clemson, LSU, and Oregon joining the Lions and Buckeyes.