Penn State Tight End Pat Freiermuth Will Play 2020 College Football Season

By Matthew Filipovits on August 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm
Oct 12, 2019; Iowa City, IA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) enters the field before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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After Micah Parsons opted out of the 2020 season, speculation began about whether Penn State's other projected-first round pick, Pat Freiermuth, would do the same. The tight end took to Twitter to make his decision clear: he's playing.

Freiermuth could have declared for the NFL after his true sophomore season since he spent a post-graduate year at prep school, but ultimately opted to return for a third and likely final season in Happy Valley.

The Massachusetts native has caught 69 passes for 875 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Those 15 touchdowns are tied for the most by a tight end in program history. 

New offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca hasn't used the tight end very much at his previous stops, but he's never had a weapon quite like Freiermuth. In a season that will be anything but normal, expect the big tight end to be a focal point of Penn State's new-look offense.