Penn State Tight End Pat Freiermuth Not Warming Up Prior to Iowa Game

By Matt de Bear on November 21, 2020 at 2:41 pm
Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) prior to the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Update (2:45): Zack Kuntz is not in uniform either according to 247Sports. 

It has been a disastrous start for Penn State through four games. The task does not get much easier vs. a solid Iowa team this afternoon in Beaver Stadium. Things appear to be even more challenging with starting tight end Pat Freiermuth not warming up prior to kickoff.

Freiermuth was banged up during last week's loss in Lincoln to Nebraska, but still hauled in seven passes for 113 yards, including a big 74-yard reception that set up Penn State for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the year, the junior has 23 catches for 310 yards and one score.

In his absence, redshirt freshman Brenton Strange figures to get the starting nod. James Franklin indicated earlier in the week that Freiermuth's classmate, redshirt sophomore Zack Kuntz, could potentially return this weekend as well after missing time with an undisclosed injury. True freshman Theo Johnson could see the field for the first time as well.