Report: Penn State Tight End Pat Freiermuth Opting out of 2020 College Football Season

By Matthew Filipovits on September 9, 2020 at 11:19 am
Sep 7, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) walks off the field following the competition of the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Buffalo 45-13.
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According to a report by the Centre Daily Times, Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth has opted out of the 2020-21 college football season, potentially bringing his spectacular Nittany Lion career to an end.

A four-star prospect in Penn State's 2018 class, Freiermuth made an immediate impact for the Penn State offense hauling in 26 catches for 368 yards and eight touchdowns. He followed that up in 2019 by catching 43 balls for 507 yards and seven touchdowns. His 15 career touchdowns are tied with Mike Gesicki for most in program history for a tight end.

A rising true junior, Freiermuth could have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, as he spent a year at a prep school before heading to college, making him the required three years out of high school. He was looked at as a potential All-American and was one of the favorites to win the John Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in college football.

Freiermuth is the second Penn Stater to opt-out of the 2020 football season, joining likely fellow first-round pick Micah Parsons. It is unknown if Freiermuth will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft or opt to return to Penn State for one last ride next season.