Penn State TE Mike Gesicki announces he’s returning in 2017

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Mike Gesicki is coming back.

That wasn’t necessarily a guarantee after the breakout tight end implied that he put in for feedback the other day.

But he made that announcement official on Thursday night:

That’s big news for a Penn State team that’ll return every single player that received an offensive touch in 2017.

Few came on stronger down the stretch than Gesicki. As one of Trace McSorley’s go-to targets, Gesicki racked up at least 47 receiving yards in each of the final five games of the season. He finished 2016 with 668 receiving yards, which was the most of any B1G tight end.

Once considered a developmental project, Gesicki turned himself into a highlight-reel machine. He’ll be the overwhelming preseason favorite to win first-team All-B1G honors, and possibly even All-America numbers.

Of all of Penn State’s offensive weapons, Gesicki had the most favorable odds to get positive draft feedback and leave early.

Instead, he’ll return to double down on Penn State’s improbable B1G title run.

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