It seems that Micah Parsons and Pat Freiermuth have received just about every preseason accolade that could have been given to them at this point. So let's give them another one!
In a recent piece about the top playmakers at each position heading into the 2020 season, CBS Sports named Penn State's star duo the representatives for their respective positions. Here's what the article had to say about each selection.
Pat Freiermuth, Penn State: Superstar tight ends dot the 2020 college football landscape like Oreos in cookies and cream ice cream. Penn State's Freiermuth should emerge as the best of the bunch. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound junior caught 43 passes for 507 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and was the second-leading receiver on the team. With Sean Clifford entrenched at quarterback and leading receiver K.J. Hamler off to the NFL, Freiermuth should see plenty of action in 2020.
Micah Parsons, Penn State: A consensus All-American as a sophomore in 2019, the Penn State superstar is the best and most versatile linebacker in the country. He tallied 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks on a loaded Nittany Lions defense. Parsons is a sure-fire first-round draft pick in 2021 as long as he stays healthy. As if that's not enough, coach James Franklin has even considered putting him on the return team in 2020. Now, that's more of a hypothetical than an actual plan. But the mere thought of it makes Parsons the epitome of a play-making linebacker.
It's no surprise to see these two be named here, as both as expected to be top competitors for the Mackey Award (Freiermuth), Butkus Award, Nagurski Award, and Bednarik Award (Parsons) whenever the 2020 season takes place. The two have also been included in the first round of nearly every 2021 mock draft to this point. Penn State fans should be very excited to see what these two former blue-chippers do next season.